White guys are still 0-for-14 when Tiger Woods leads a major golf tournament on Sunday, but a 37-year-old from the far East finally did the deed. Yesterday, the pride of Jeju-do, South Korea, Yang Yong-eun, finally caught Tiger Woods by his tail, the first time anyone had done so in the final round of a major championship. Hey, Yang! It’s a parking lot!
“I usually go for broke,” Yang said through an interpreter. “The odds are against me. Nobody’s going to be really disappointed that I lose. So I really had nothing much at stake, and that’s how I played it.” via.
Yang chipped in a 60-foot approach shot for eagle on 14, giving him an outright lead that he would not relinquish. Woods finished bogey-bogey for the second straight major Sunday en route to a turdly 75. Congratulations have come in many forms for Yang, from the South Korean president phoning him to the nearby Hoban Korean Restaurant (where Yang ate all week) remaining open late on Sunday and applauding his arrival.
My big issue with Woods’ lack of grace in defeat was his refusal to hole out on 18 and let Yang have the stage to himself at the end of the tournament, a customary gesture that’s been extended to Woods plenty of times throughout his stellar career. It could be a bit of LeBronning on Woods’ part. It also could be as simple as Woods’ literally not knowing how to lose. As surprised as we were that Woods came up short yesterday, perhaps no one was more surprised than him. Cablinasia mourns yet again.