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Y.E. Yang compiled a 4-under-par 35-33=68 to sit just one stroke off the lead after his opening lap in the BMW PGA Championship.
Mark this down as a semi-surprise. Although Yang slumped to 652nd in the world rankings after missing the cut in last year's Hong Kong Open, the 2009 PGA Championship winner has climbed back to 408th after two top fives in his last three starts. The Korean stared slowly today with an even-par front nine but circled birdies at 10, 13, 15 and 17 to move one behind leader Robert Karlsson. This is his first appearance at Wentworth since a T24 in 2011. May 21 - 9:34 AM

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Y.E. Yang brings a suitcase full of course history into this week's Honda Classic.

Yang hoisted the hardware in 2009, finished runner-up in 2011, and secured a T18 in 2013. As you may notice, there is a alternating pattern of top results every other year. In all seriousness, Yang is just 0-for-1 on the season and only 3-for-7 overseas since the completion of the 2013-14 season. His course history makes him a threat but gamers can't really complain if the cards don't fall in their favor by week's end.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 25 - 8:02 PM

Y.E. Yang returns to his home continent to contest the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open at Kualu Lumpur G&CC.

This is actually the 2009 PGA Champion's first start at the course while his most recent appearance in Malaysia resulted in a T24 at the Asia Pacific Classic. The South Korean has been active on the European Tour for the last three weeks and made two cuts out of three on the Gulf Swing -- a T31 in Abu Dhabi and a T47 in last week's Dubai Desert Classic. He's not had a top 10 on the PGA TOUR since the 2011 Barclays and can point to just one top five (in a Japan Tour event) anywhere since October 2012.
Feb 2 - 4:48 PM

Y.E. Yang embarks on his 2014-15 PGA TOUR season at the Country Club of Jackson in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Yang's five-year exemption from winning the PGA Championship expired when he failed to crack the top 125 in the FedExCup standings or the PGA TOUR money list last season. He is now only playing with Past Champion Status. He recorded just one top-25 finish in 28 starts last season, so clearly he's fallen a long way from where he was at Hazeltine National Golf Club in 2009.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 08:03:00 PM

Y.E. Yang was disqualified from the Barracuda Championship following his second round when he signed an incorrect scorecard.

Yang is listed for carding a 3-over-par 36-39=75 worth minus-1 point. He completed 36 holes with 5 points and wasn't going to make the cut anyway. We don't have the details, but given that the Modified Stableford scoring system is in play this week and that this marked Yang's debut in the format, at least at this tournament, it's fair to wonder why this doesn't happen more often. That aside, the timing of another lost opportunity couldn't be worse for the 2009 PGA champion. He entered the week having missed nine consecutive cuts and sitting 166th on the FedExCup points list. His exemption for his win at Hazeltine expires in two weeks at the Wyndham Championship.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 09:25:00 PM

Y.E. Yang turns his attention to Royal Montreal Golf Club for this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Yang enters the week on a tailspin, missing eight consecutive cuts, to fall from 139th to 163rd in the FedExCup standings. During that eight event stretch, he's played the par 4s at 39-over-par. Not a good sign of things to come this week as Royal Montreal Golf Club’s Blue Course will feature 12 of those pesky par 4s. Gamers can safely avoid this week and the foreseeable future.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 11:01:00 AM

Y.E. Yang makes his fifth start in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands later this week.

Yang has only secured one paycheck for his troubles, and that was a T51 in 2009. Considering that was the best year of his career, featuring a win at the PGA Championship just two months later, expectations should be low. He is currently 154th in the FedExCup standings and has missed his last four cuts.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 09:21:00 PM

Y.E. Yang makes his sixth consecutive visit to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this week.

The first five haven't been much to write home about, missing four cuts and mixing in a T31 in 2012 for good measure. He's never shot better than a 2-over-par 72 in the first round of this event, so expect him to be behind the eight ball early. He is 148th in the FedExCup standings and without a top 20 this season.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Wed, May 21, 2014 02:43:00 PM

Y.E. Yang returns to Quail Hollow for this week's Wells Fargo Championship after a four-year recess.

In 2009, Yang found himself in contention here, entering Sunday inside the top 10 before settling for a T11 finish. As expected, his game has declined with age and top-15 finishes like that are no longer routine. In fact, Yang has only posted three top 25s since the beginning of 2012, and should only be considered in deeper formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Y.E. Yang is set to compete in his fifth Shell Houston Open this week.

All of his efforts have occurred at the current venue of the Golf Club of Houston, with the first coming in 2008. His T29 in 2012, also his last trip, was the best. He's 141st in the FedExCup standings, so Yang could use a good week. He has made his last three cuts, so perhaps form is beginning to turn in the right direction.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 09:41:00 PM

Y.E. Yang is set to compete in his fifth Shell Houston Open this week.

All of his efforts have occurred at the current venue of the Golf Club of Houston, with the first coming in 2008. His T29 in 2012, also his last trip, was the best. He's 141st in the FedExCup standings, so Yang could use a good week. He has made his last three cuts, so perhaps form is beginning to turn in the right direction.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 09:41:00 PM

Y.E. Yang spun a 4-under-par 34-34=68 for his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open.

The 2009 PGA champion is 7-for-10 this season, but he's just 146th in FedExCup points in the absence of a top 25. Perhaps Puerto Rico offers an elixir. He hit only 11 greens in regulation but circled five birdies against one bogey (at the par-4 fourth hole, his 13th of the round). He cozied up two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Overnight co-leader Y.E. Yang faded to a 2-over-par 36-37=73 in his second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He was nine strokes higher today and reached the halfway point at 5-under 137, seven back of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders. Yang hit only 11 greens in regulation today and missed four looks inside 10 feet, all on his inward side. Overall, he outbalanced three birdies with three bogeys and a double.
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 07:48:00 PM

Y.E. Yang grabbed outright possession of the clubhouse lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 7-under-par 34-30=64 in his opening round.

Whoa. Yang is 5-for-7 on the season but hasn't posted a top 25 on the PGA TOUR since the Honda Classic nearly 11 months ago. And he hadn't scored this low since a closing 63 at the Sony Open last year. He missed only one green in regulation at TPC Scottsdale today, but his only bogey came in the form of a three-putt from just inside 67 feet at the par-3 seventh holes. Elsewhere he circled a field-high eight birdies, including conversions from 11'4" and 26'8" at Nos. 10 and 14, respectively.
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 03:14:00 PM

Y.E. Yang makes his fourth appearance in the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club.

While he's only teed it up here on three other occasions, he's never missed a cut and twice tied for 20th. Playing in the last year of the exemption afforded to him as the winner of the 2009 PGA Championship, he's already made three of four cuts to start the 2013-14 season. While all signs point towards another weekend tee time, not much suggests that he will contend.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 08:35:00 PM