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Y.E. Yang

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 1/15/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 195

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Y.E. Yang twirled a bogey-free, 6-under-par 35-30=65 during the Monday qualifier into the Wyndham Championship, earning top honors ahead of other qualifiers: Jason Widener (-5), Brad Miller (-4), and Ted Purdy (-4).
Yang missed the cut at last week's PGA Championship with rounds of 76-79=155 (+13). The PGA TOUR veteran shook off the disappointment and torched the course today. This will be his ninth start of the season, third time getting into the field via open qualifying (The Greenbrier Classic, Byron Nelson). Along with Yang, Jason Widener will be an interesting name to watch this week. Widener is a 46-year-old Greensboro native who is now a teaching pro. Third is Brad Miller, will be making just his second career PGA TOUR start. The first came back in 2015 at this same event, he went on to miss the cut that year). Finally, Ted Purdy was the last qualifier, and he will be making his 284th career start this week. He hasn't earned a top 25 on the PGA TOUR since the 2010 AT&T National. Mon, Aug 14, 2017 04:40:00 PM

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Y.E. Yang fashioned a 3-under-par 33-35=68 during today's open qualifier into The Greenbrier Classic to earn medalist honors. Making the trip to The Old White TPC alongside Yang will be Clayton Portz (-2), Ryan Zylstra (-2), and Daniel Obremski (-1) with the latter surviving a 6-for-1 playoff.

Taking on The Resort at Glade Springs' Cobb Course, Yang traded four birdies with one bogey today. This is the second time Yang has open qualified into a field this year (AT&T Byron Nelson, MC). Prior to that he got into the Puerto Rico Open on merit and missed the cut. His only other start this season came at the Sony Open where he received a sponsor's invite which he parlayed into a T27. The 45-year-old hasn't posted a top 20 on the PGA TOUR since his T18 at the 2013 Honda Classic, so his upside is a bit limited for fantasy purposes. As for the others, Northern Kentucky's Clayton Portz will be making his PGA TOUR debut this week. Zylstra and Obremski will both be making their second career start on the PGA TOUR. They both Monday qualified into the 2013 Greenbrier Classic and went on to miss the cut.
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 04:36:00 PM

YE Yang made five birdies in a six-hole stretch during his second round at the Volvo China Open, shooting a 4-under-par 36-32=68 to hit 7-under 137 at the midpoint, currently good enough for T8 on the live leaderboard with day two nearing completion.

His ability to surprise continues. The man who took down Tiger Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship has slipped to 495th in the world rankings and his five latest starts show four missed cuts and a WD. That withdrawal came after a 79 in last week's Shenzhen International while he'd previously slammed his trunk early after shooting 79-78 at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. Making a mockery of that poor form, Yang opened this week with a 69 and has backed it up with another sub-70 round. Today, he couldn't find a spark to begin with and broke a spell of eight straight pars from the 10th with bogey-5 at the 17th. A birdie at 18 proved the turning point and he followed that by scribbling further red at 1, 2, 4 and 5. Pars the rest of the way saw the Korean finish four behind clubhouse leader Dylan Frittelli and in the top 10 although on-course leader Pablo Larrazabal is seven clear of Yang with one to play.
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 05:38:00 AM

Y.E. Yang returns to Waialae Country Club after a two-year recess in preparation of this week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

Equipped with just Past Champions status, Yang has spent most of his time on the European Tour since 2015. He posted an 8-for-18 record internationally in 2016. His lone PGA TOUR appearance came in the form of a missed cut at the PGA Championship. A spot start at Waialae Country Club makes sense, given his flawless 4-for-4 record here, including a pair of T20s (2008 & 2013). That being said, Yang hasn't recorded a top 10 anywhere since his T7 at the UBS Hong Kong Open in October of 2015.
Tue, Jan 10, 2017 09:03:00 PM

YE Yang will make his second appearance in the British Masters at The Grove in Hertfordshire this week.

Twelve months ago the 2009 PGA Championship winner made his debut in this event and finished T38 at Woburn GC. Since then he has finished T12 in this year's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May to make it 6-for-8 in England, including four top 25 finishes, although that result earlier this year remains the best. And it could have been so much better – he led the tournament after 36 holes only to shoot two rounds of 75 at the weekend. Since Wentworth it hasn't gone so well: he's 4-for-12 with a best of T18 at the Made in Denmark.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 03:26:00 PM

YE Yang requires an end-of-season boost as he prepares to tee it up in the Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

The Korean is 2-for-5 in Germany, finishing T21 on both the occasions he made the weekend, in the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Championship and this year's BMW International Open. His form this year has been generally poor, going just 5-for-14, but on those rare weeks he has made the cut, he has made an impression of sorts. Most obviously that happened when he led the BMW PGA Championship at half way before falling back to T12, his seasonal best. In the Scottish Open he was T3 after round one and in both the BMW International Open and Made in Denmark tournament he made slow starts (T101 and T91) before finishing T21 and T18 respectively. He's missed his last three cuts.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 01:06:00 PM

Y.E. Yang's season is in need of some energy as he heads to the low countries for the KLM Open at The Dutch in Spijk.

The Korean returns to the Netherlands after making his debut here 12 months ago when missing the cut after rounds of 72-70. He's committed to the European Tour this season, but didn't start out until the end of April and is 5-for-12, with a best of T12 in the BMW PGA Championship, which he led at the halfway stage only to close with two weekend rounds of 75. A fortnight ago he opened the Made in Denmark with a round of 72 that left him T91 before 68-69-69 saw him improve daily to T18, one of three top 25 finishes this season that leave him 132nd on the Race to Dubai and 291 in the world rankings.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 10:20:00 AM

YE Yang stunned Tiger Woods to win the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine and tees it up again in the year's final major at Baltusrol this week.

Yang followed that with T8 in the 2010 Masters and also posted T3 in the 2011 US Open but he's had something of a career slump since. He's 5-for-9 overall in the PGA, including T47 at Baltusrol in 2005, and made the cut for the first time in three years when T48 last year. As for the current state of his game, the Korean has shown flickers with T12 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and T21 in the BMW International Open in Germany. He also played four rounds in the Scottish Open although had to settle for T62. Yang will tee it up alongside two fellow former PGA winners, Martin Kaymer and Jason Dufner, at 1:05pm Thursday (10th tee).
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 11:42:00 AM

Y.E. Yang had a late stumble but still pegged a solid 2-under-par 33-37=70 to end his first round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open just 1 shot behind the early clubhouse leaders.

On his debut at Castle Stuart Golf Links the Korean, who was T10 in this event at Gullane 12 months ago, made a superb start with birdies and 2 and 3. He added another at 7 to make the turn in 3-under and at the 12th made his fourth and final par breaker. But into a fierce wind he dropped shots at both 17 and 18 so took lunch 1 behind early pacesetters Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar. He found 15 greens Thursday and made both bogeys when failing to scramble from sand.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 08:33:00 AM

Despite a disappointing weekend at Wentworth, YE Yang has something to build on ahead of this week's Nordea Masters in Sweden.

The Korean could only manage a pair of 75s over the weekend at the BMW PGA Championship but a strong 65-69 start meant that was still enough for T12. Yang was second in Scrambling and second in Putting Average last week so will hope to take that to Sweden for his debut in this event. Twice in 2015 he backed up a top 10 with a top 20 on his next start so it's reasonable to expect another decent performance.
Tue, May 31, 2016 05:15:00 PM

YE Yang veered erratically round the West Course Saturday on his way to shooting a third round 3-over-par 37-38=75, but remains just two shots off the lead heading into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

For the third day running the Korean went backwards before going forwards, this time making bogey on the 1st, before adding red on 3. But in contrast to the first two rounds he struggled to make inroads thereafter and indeed was mostly firefighting. He squared bogeys at 5, 9 and 10, before the 12th offered some respite. But even then, having smashed two shots to 15 feet on the par-5 his eagle putt came up short before he tapped in for birdie. Another bogey on 15 and an inability to birdie either of the final two holes left him two short of leader Scott Hend heading into the final day on 7-under 209. He found a mere 8 greens in regulation in round three and having needed just 50 swings of the putter Thursday-Friday he added 30 on Saturday.
Sat, May 28, 2016 12:18:00 PM

YE Yang recovered from a flubbed chip on the 17th hole to tie the halfway lead at the BMW PGA Championship with a 3-under 35-34=69 second round over the West Course at Wentworth.

Just as on Thursday the Korean's first move was backwards, but this time his bogey came on No. 2 rather than No. 1. The par-5 4th hole again gave him the opportunity to right the ship - and again he took the chance to paint red. He added another birdie on 7, but a bogey on 9 had him turning in level par for the day. The big move came at the par-5 12th where he made eagle-3 and added birdie-2 at the 14th. His chipping error on the 17th cost him a bogey, but he wasted no time getting over the mistake, carding a final birdie on 18 thanks to a superb sand save. His 10-under 134 total leaves him tied with Danny Willett and Scott Hend at the head of the leaderboard, one clear of Jaco Van Zyl. He's needed a mere 50 putts so far this week.
Fri, May 27, 2016 02:20:00 PM

YE Yang recovered from an opening bogey to paint a 7-under-par 32-33=65 on day one of the BMW PGA Championship in England and shares the lead with Scott Hend and Joost Luiten.

Yang has two missed cuts and a T54 from the only three events he's played since January but he was on the money again today. After dropping a shot at No. 1 and following it with two pars, the Korean birdied eight of the West Course's final 15 holes. His set included gains at all four par 5s (4, 12, 17 and 18) while he also picked up shots at 5, 6, 8 and 13. The 2009 PGA Championship winner had previously opened with 68 in two of his three appearances in this event so has a habit of starting fast at Wentworth. He faded both times but did manage T22 last year. Yang made the most of his good play today with 5-for-6 scrambling stats and needed just 24 putts. He split 10 (of 14) fairways. "I'm happy today," says the Korean. "Everything was good, driving, second shots, putting. I watched this tournament a bit growing up and saw it was sometimes rainy, windy, it's difficult, so difficult, but today was perfect weather."
Thu, May 26, 2016 09:14:00 AM

YE Yang is one of six major champions in the field at this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England.

The 2009 PGA Championship winner has only played this event in four-year cycles since 2007 but he's made the cut each time, posting T60 on debut, adding T24 in 2011 and improving to T22 last year. On course form, he could be worth a look for those seeking an outside bet but his current form is less appealing. The Korean could only manage T54 in the Shenzhen International and has followed that with a pair of missed cuts. The latest came in last week's Irish Open at the K Club when he shot 73-76.
Wed, May 25, 2016 07:57:00 AM

Former tournament champion YE Yang returns to the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC.

Winner of this event in 2010, his defense the following year saw him miss the cut and he’s not appeared since. China holds fond memories, though, being where he made his main tour breakthrough when claiming the 2006 HSBC Champions tournament. More recently he was, in 2015, T4 in Shenzhen International and T7 in the Hong Kong Open, but he was only T54 last week. That was his first outing since finishing T49 in the last week of January in the Asian Tour’s Singapore Open.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 10:57:00 AM