Celebrating 10 seasons: Yin & Yang

Tue 02 Jul 2013

Celebrating 10 seasons: Yin & Yang

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Kuala Lumpur, July 2: As the Asian Tour continues to celebrate its 10th season in 2013, we caught up with one of Asia’s legends, Y.E. Yang, and talks to him about his golf journey which began on the region’s premier Tour during the 1990s up till the point where he became the first Asian to win a Major championship.
You started your career on the Asian Tour and are now an Honorary Member of the Tour. How has the Tour helped your career?
The Asian Tour is a very good Tour. There are only five to 10 of the best players from each country who come together to compete here; therefore, the Asian Tour serves as a great platform to improve their careers and competitiveness.  That is evident from both Thongchai Jaidee’s and Jeev Milkha Singh’s performances. The Asian Tour provides the best foundation and it will continue to be important for Asian players.
Do you recall the initial years on the Asian Tour?
When I first came onto the Asian Tour, there were many Asian players from the Philippines, Thailand, Korea and Chinese Taipei. I was able to win in my first year and I also played well in the European Tour co-sanctioned events. The experience has helped build my career as a professional golfer. Through the Asian Tour, I was able to play with the best players and that helped my confidence. So the Asian Tour means a lot to me.
The Asian Tour is celebrating its 10th season in 2013. Are you happy to see its growth?
The Asian Tour has grown in stature with bigger prize money and also attracting the Europe-based players. Asian players are now able to compete with more experienced players through the increased number of events. And because of that, we will see more winners emerging from Asia. And I think this will continue in the future.
You were the first Asian winner of a Major championship. Do you expect many more Asians to join you in the exclusive Major winners club?
We have more Asian players in the Majors now.  And these players work and train very hard. Going forward there will be more winners from Asia in the Majors besides myself.