Yang Slays Tiger

It was new territory for Tiger Woods and maybe he didn't know the protocol.

After losing a lead on Sunday for the first time in 36 events, Tiger decided not stop and chat with CBS.  He'd lost the PGA Championship despite leading by four shots after the second round and by two coming into the final eighteen holes.  It wasn't Tiger's best moment and he'll have to wait through another long winter before chasing his 15th major next spring at the Masters.   But make no mistake.  Tiger didn't lose it.  He flat out got beat.

Y.E. Yang, a 5-foot-9 dynamo from South Korea who began playing at age 19 and then served time in his country's military, out-Tigered Tiger.  Major championships are won with consistency, but also with memorable shots that create separation.  Sunday, Yang got Tiger by the tail with a spine-tingling chip in on the 14th hole at Hazeltine.  Then he yanked on it with an exclamation point putt at 18, creating history on multiple fronts:  first Asian-born golfer to win a major.  First man to take Tiger down on Sunday since the modern day king of golf turned pro.

Woods was game, but his putting stroke was off.  He seemed unable to read a green this time.  Still, he was in it until 18.    On Sundays, no one had been able to stare him down until Yang did.  His win gives hope to others who duel with Tiger from here on out.

The mojo may not be gone, but it's softened a bit.
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