Y. E. YANG
|Date of Birth||1972-01-15|
|Residence||Southlake, Texas / Seoul, Korea|
|Family||Married, 3 children|
Order of Merit
Asian Tour Victories
(2) 2006 Kolon Hana Bank Korea Open; 2006 HSBC Champions, China.
(8) 2002 SBS Open, Korea, 2004 Sun Chlorella Open, Japan, 2004 Asahi Ryokuken Yomiuri Open, 2005 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic, Japan, 2006 Suntory Open, Japan, 2009 Honda Classic, 2009 US PGA Championship, 2010 Volvo China Open.
Yang is the first Asian to win a Major championship. He defeated Tiger Woods by three strokes en route to an historic victory at the 2009 US PGA Championship. Also won the Honda Classic early in the year on the PGA Tour. Was also conferred an Asian Tour Honorary Membership. In 2010, Yang finished third at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in the United States and claimed a tied eighth placing at The Masters, the year’s first Major. Voted Korean PGA Tour rookie of the year in 1999 and spent time most in Japan with success, winning five titles. In 2006, he won the Suntory Open in Japan and also claimed a maiden Asian Tour victory at the Kolon Hana Bank Korea Open, beating a field that included Retief Goosen. Sweetened his year by winning the HSBC Champions in China, beating Tiger Woods and a field that included 10 of the world's top-20 players. In 2007, he finished tied second in his defence of the Korean Open but ended the year strongly by successfully qualifying for the US Tour through Qualifying School. Made a strong impression in 2000 on the Asian Tour when he finished tied second in the Macau Open. In 2001, he shot a rare albatross in the final round in Macau. He shot the double-eagle two, just the fourth in the history of Asian golf at that time, at the 532-yard, par-five 13th hole.
Growing up on Jeju island, Yang was introduced to the game at a relatively late age at 19. He was offered a job at a driving range and eventually learned the game and became a golf teacher after turning professional in 1996. Subsequently, he played on the Korean Tour where he was rookie of the year in 1999 and featured for several years on the Asian Tour before switching his attention to Japan. Grew up idolizing Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo.