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Y.E. Yang

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 1/15/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 195

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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. Jul 7 - 8:33 AM

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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.
May 31 - 5:15 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.
May 28 - 12:18 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.
May 27 - 2:20 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."
May 26 - 9:14 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.
May 25 - 7:57 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.
Apr 26 - 10:57 AM

Y.E. Yang heads to Fanling this week to play in the UBS Hong Kong Open for the eighth time.

The Korean is 5-for-7 in this event with a best of T7 in 2011 while he also cracked the top 20 in 2010. He sits 80th on this season's Race To Dubai but gamers should note that his best result is a T4 in the Shenzhen International in China. Yang also finished runner-up in the 2012 China Masters so is worth a close look when he ventures to this corner of the globe. Last time out, the 2009 PGA Championship winner took T38 in the British Masters at Woburn. His only other top 10 this season came in July's Scottish Open.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 04:37:00 AM

Y.E. Yang will head to the British Masters at Woburn in England this week to contest his 17th European Tour event of the season.

Yang is 77th on the Race To Dubai with best finishes of T4 at the Shenzhen International in China and T10 in the Scottish Open. He posted T43 in last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The winner of the 2009 PGA Championship has three top 25s in his last five starts on English soil, including T22 in May's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. This will be his debut on the Marquess course at Woburn.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 06:31:00 AM

Y.E. Yang recorded the 42nd hole-in-one on the European Tour this season in his third round at the Open d'Italia.

We'll give it a mention today because, if you like symmetry or perhaps had a side bet, this latest ace means the European and PGA TOURs have both witnessed the exact same number of hole-in-ones this season (42). Yang levelled the scores up after sinking a 9-iron at the 143-yard 12th hole at Golf Club Milano. That was the clear highlight of a 3-under-par 36-33=69 that put him T41 on the leaderboard with 18 to play.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 12:13:00 PM

Y.E. Yang slots in at 70th on the Race To Dubai ahead of this week's KLM Open at Kennemer in Zandvoort.

The winner of the 2009 PGA Championship has been piecing together a steady season on the European Tour with four top 25s from 12 starts, highlighted by a T4 in the Shenzhen International in China. His last two appearances on the European mainland have resulted in T10 at the Scottish Open and T16 in the European Masters where he was halfway leader. Yang will be making his debut in the KLM Open.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 05:27:00 AM

With a walk-off birdie, former winner Y.E. Yang hung up a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in round one of the 97th PGA Championship.

The 2009 champion has missed three cuts out of five in this event since taking down Tiger Woods at Hazeltine but is on course to make the weekend at Whistling Straits after putting up one of the best scores so far in the windier afternoon conditions. The Korean suffered a double bogey-6 at 13 and carded a bogey at 4 but circled birdies at 11, 16, 17, 2 and 9. Three of those came via short conversions at par 5s. Yang, who concluded his round with a 5'4" birdie putt at 9, split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation. He's four swings behind leader Dustin Johnson and currently T15 on the leaderboard.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 07:03:00 PM

Y.E. Yang put it in reverse with a 4-over-par 37-37=74 in round three of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland.

From one behind at halfway, the Korean is now four shots off the pace at 8-under 202 after his disappointing day in the Swiss Alps. Yang had to wait until the 15th hole for his first and only birdie of the day while he swallowed bogeys at 1, 4, 11, 16 and 17. After hitting 15 greens in regulation on both Thursday and Friday, the 2009 PGA Championship winner only found 10 today and was just 3-for-8 in scrambling. Despite shooting 4-over, Yang still has a realistic shot at victory on Sunday as, apart from leaders Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick, only two other players are in front of him.
Sat, Jul 25, 2015 12:38:00 PM

Y.E. Yang scorched Crans-sur-Sierre for a 7-under-par 31-32=63 in round two to take a share of the halfway lead at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

Yang's bogey-free lap of the par 70 on Friday morning featured birdies at 10, 14, 15, 18, 1, 5 and 7 and put him at 12-under 128 alongside fellow Korean Baek Seuk-hyun. "The conditions were ideal and my putting was good as well, so I’m very happy," said Yang, who split 10 (of 13) fairways, hit 15 greens in regulation and took 27 putts. "I managed to judge the ball distance better as the ball flies ten per cent further due to the altitude -- it’s beautiful, with the mountains and scenery." Yang has been gradually climbing the world rankings again this year after slumping to 652nd in late 2014. A T10 at the Scottish Open on his last start two weeks ago lifted him to 341st.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 09:23:00 AM

Y.E. Yang heads to Germany this week to make his first start in the BMW International Open since 2007.

The Korean shot 77-70 at Golfclub München Eichenried eight years ago and failed to cash but that came during a run where he missed nine of 12 cuts and didn't post a top 50 in the other three so let's not judge him on that. Of more interest to gamers is Yang's recent resurgence on the European Tour. In his last three starts the winner of the 2009 PGA Championship has finished T4 at the Shenzhen International, T28 in the Open de Espana and T22 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. That's lifted him up to 83rd on the Race To Dubai and it appears he's got his career back on track again after sliding to 652nd in the world rankings in late 2014.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 04:57:00 AM