What a great day for Asian golf. We finally have an Asian winner at a Major. It has been talked about for quite sometime, and there have been some close finishes, but Korea's Yang Young-eun finally did what many others only came close to.
The most satisfying thing about his achievement is that he did it against Tiger Woods, who for the first two days of the PGA Championships seemed to be as dominant as he has been for most part of his career. At the halfway stage Tiger was running away with a four-shot lead, but as they say in golf, “It is not done, till it is done.”
When Yang nailed his final birdie on the 72nd hole, he was a convincing winner by three shots.
A few Asians like KJ Choi and Japanese players like Shigeki Maruyama have won on the US Tour and besides them, some others like Shingo (Katayama), Charlie Wi and myself have also figured in the top-10 at Majors, but for Yang to deliver the winning number at a Major is indeed a milestone.
I am sure there must be great celebrations and high-fives in Asian golf circles. And, rightly so.
It gives Asian golf just the kind of boost it needed. From here on, you will see more Asians finishing in top-10 and winning events on the world stage.
This year we are also going to have a WGC event in Asia in Shanghai, so Yang's win comes at the right time and justifies the international body's decision. Personally for me the PGA Championships was a disappointment. Sure, I was feeling at my fittest and best in last four months, things did not come together at Hazeltine.
I played way below myself on the final day at 78 and slipped down further. I gave away too many bogeys and despite four birdies I ended with a six-over card. That was a bit of disappointment especially after the top-10 finish last year. This time I was so keen on going better than last time. Alas it was not to be.
I started the year well with a good fourth place in WGC, but after that the Majors did not pan out well for me.
I missed the cut at Masters and US Open and skipped the British Open and I was struck down by an inter-costal muscle injury.
As for my President's Cup hopes, I failed to get into top-10, so a Captain's Pick from Greg Norman will be my only hope.
For that I will have to keep my fingers crossed and wait.