Who's who: Yong-eun Yang

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Who's who: Yong-eun Yang

  • Name:

    Yong-eun "Y.E." Yang
  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Born:

    Jan 15, 1972 in Seogwipo, Jeju Island, South Korea.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Sindo-ri, Jeju Island, South Korea.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1996

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US PGA Ch'ship (2009). Presidents Cup player (2009, '11). Multiple wins on the US PGA, Asian, Japan, European, Koprea and OneAsia Tours.

Did you know?

Yang Yong-eun, known in the golfing world as Y.E. Yang, shot to prominence in 2009 when he became the first male Asian player to win a major championship. His win in the PGA Championship was made even more remarkable for the fact that he started the final round 2 shots behind Tiger Woods, the tournament leader after 54-holes. Yang overcame the deficit and went on to win by 3 shots. Yang is a self-taught golfer, who only took the game up at aged 19.

Top tournaments won by Yong-eun Yang

2018
Japan
268 (-12)
¥24million
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Yang, Yong-eun

Score

268 (-12)

Prize money

¥24million

Title sponsor

x

Played as The Crowns (April 26-29; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Jung-gon Hwang (S Kor) and Anthony Quayle (Aus) finished 4 shots behind Yang Yong-eun (S Kor; known as "Y.E." Yang), who recorded his fifth Japan Tour win. [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Jpn].

2010
Asia
Woo Jeong Hills
280 (-4)
US$262,430
Kolon

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Yang, Yong-eun

Venue

Woo Jeong Hills

Score

280 (-4)

Prize money

US$262,430

Title sponsor

Kolon

Played as the Kolon Korea Open (Oct 7-10; OneAsia/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Bi-o Kim (S Kor) and Ho-sung Choi (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind Yong-eun "Y.E." Yang (S Kor). [Woo Jeong Hills CC, Cheonan, S Korea].

2010
Asia
273 (-15)
US$416,660
Volvo

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Yang, Yong-eun

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

US$416,660

Title sponsor

Volvo

Played as the Volvo China Open (April 15-18; OneAsia/European Tours event). Second-placed Rhys Davies (Wales) and Stephen Dodd (Wales) finished 2 shots behind Yong-eun "Y.E." Yang (S Kor), who recorded the last of his three European Tour wins. [Jinji Lake GC, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China].

2009
Majors
280 (-8)
$1,350,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Yang, Yong-eun

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$1,350,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (91st) (Aug 13-16). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 3 shots behind Yong-eun "Y.E." Yang (S Kor). Yang became the first Asian-born player to win one of golf's four major championships, and the first to overturn a Tiger Woods 54-hole lead in a Major. [Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minn.].

2009
America
271 (-9)
$1,008,000
Honda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Yang, Yong-eun

Score

271 (-9)

Prize money

$1,008,000

Title sponsor

Honda

Played as the Honda Classic (March 5-8). Second-placed John Rollins (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Yong-eun "Y.E." Yang (S Kor). [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].

2006
Asia
Woo Jeong Hills
270 (-14)
US$205,128
Kolon-Hana Bank

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Yang, Yong-eun

Venue

Woo Jeong Hills

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

US$205,128

Title sponsor

Kolon-Hana Bank

Played as the Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open (Sept 21-24; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Ji-man Kang (S Kor) finished 3 shots behind Yong-eun "Y.E." Yang (S Kor). [Woo Jeong Hills CC, Cheonan, S Korea].

2006
Asia
274 (-14)
US$833,300
HSBC

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Yang, Yong-eun

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

US$833,300

Title sponsor

HSBC

Played as the HSBC Champions (Nov 9-12; Asian/Eurpn Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2007 season opener). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Yong-eun "Y.E." Yang (S Kor). [Sheshan Intl GC, Shanghai, China].

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