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Yang clinches first title as Rory McIlroy rues poor finish

Thomas Rooney - Monday 09.03.09, 11:51am

Y.E.Yang wins his first PGA title, beating John Rollins in the Honda Classic.

Y.E. Yang secured his first PGA Tour victory yesterday as he emerged victorious in the Honda Classic at Florida’s PGA National. The Korean managed to hold onto his lead to win by one-shot ahead of second placed John Rollins.

It was a tense finale, but Yang held his nerve on the final hole where he needed a two-putt from 50 feet to secure the win. His final round of 68 left him on nine under overall, a shot ahead of American John Rollins who said that ‘it’s not easy’ to do what Yang did on the final green. Especially when you consider what was at stake.

Elsewhere on the leader board, England’s Greg Owen managed to sink six birdies in his final round of 66 to finish on two under par alongside Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Spain’s Sergio Garcia.

Speaking of Rory McIlroy, he has admitted that he was ‘disappointed’ with the way he finished the tournament. At this moment in time, he is bidding to become the youngest ever winner of a PGA Tour event, but failed this time around after consecutive bogeys left him tied for 13th.

Rory McIlroy went on to say that having got himself into an excellent position, he ‘just let it slip’ at the wrong time. The youngster’s frustration was clear to see, but he will know as well as anyone that time is very much on his side. He will have plenty more opportunities in career playing professional golf.

The tournament belonged to South Korea’s Y.E. Yang though who, as well as securing a place at the Masters, booked his place in next week’s World Golf Championships at Doral.

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Tags: Greg Owen · John Rollins · PGA tour · Rory McIlroy · Sergio Garcia · Y.E. Yang


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  • 1 Canadian Tourism // Mar 11, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    It was indeed a gripping finale.

    We’ve put together a brief clip showing the coastal dunes at the renowned Crowbush Cove in PEI. It’s worth a look!

  • 2 Golf Blog World // Mar 12, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Well done to Yang!! Looking forward to seeing more

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