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Y.E. Yang |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (43) / 1/15/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 195
College: South Korea

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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. Aug 13 - 7:03 PM

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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.
Jul 25 - 12:38 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.
Jul 24 - 9:23 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.
Jun 24 - 4:57 AM

Y.E. Yang has chosen to compete in this week's Singha Corporation Thailand Open instead of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Yang was included in the published field for the SJC when it was released on Friday afternoon. Now 43 years of age, he's no longer fully exempt on the PGA TOUR and shouldn't populate any roster even though he's 2-for-3 this season. The 2009 PGA champion sits 222nd in the FedExCup standings.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 8 - 11:20 AM

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

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