Michael Walker Jr., Golf Magazine senior editor, live blogged the final round of the PGA Championship.
Scores and Tee Times | Photos | Twitter UpdatesIn a week when golf moved close to becoming an Olympic sport, the game's final major pitted an American icon, an Irish champion and a Korean journeyman against each other in a gritty contest marked more by workmanlike pars than glittering birdies and eagles. When it was all over, Korea's Y.E. Yang was left standing over the more celebrated Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington following one of the all-time clutch shots in golf history: Yang's 206-yard approach shot to 10 feet to beat Woods, who had never lost a major when he had the lead going into Sunday.
7:20 p.m. OK, closing down the Live Blog for 2009 majors. No offense to our deserving champions, but this year will be remembered for what could have been instead of what was: Tiger vs. Phil at Augusta, Phil and Duval at Bethpage, Watson at Turnberry and now Woods gunning for his 15th major a year after major reconstructive knee surgery. So it goes. We like sports because there's no script. Thanks to Golf Mag Top 100 Teachers Brady Riggs, Jon Tattersall, Brian Mogg and Eddie Merrins; Friends of the Blog Mike Corcoran and Dick Friednam, Fellow Live Bloggers Connell Barrett, Gary Van Sickle, Cameron Morfit and Alan Bastable, and tireless Golf.com editors Charlie Hanger, Ryan Reiterman and Anne Szeker. Extra special thanks to you all for reading.See you at Augusta.7:10 p.m. This victory ranks Y.E. Yang as second-best Y-initialed athlete after Giants QB Y.A. Tittle.7:05 p.m. Woods smartly decided to skip his post-round comments with CBS Sports because I'm sure it would have cost him about $50,000 in language fines.7:03 p.m. CBS Sports' Jim Nantz goes with "Y-E-Yes!" as his call. Not bad but would have sounded better coming from Marv Albert.7:02 p.m. Birdie putt is good. The unlikeliest of giant-killers Y.E. Yang is your new PGA Champion! It's going to be a long flight back to Orlando for Woods.7:01 p.m. Woods keeps the flagstick in and his chip runs well past the hole. This thing is over.6:59 p.m. Big cheers for the leaders coming up to 18. Legendary CBS Sports producer Frank Chirkinian once noted that golf is the only sport where we root for the favorite and against the underdog.6:58 p.m. Woods in the rough off the green. Anyone else would need the impossible from there, Tiger just needs the improbable.6:56 p.m. Holy Hybrid, Batman! From 206 yards, Yang hits it to about 10-15 feet.6:55 p.m. Defending champion Padraig Harrington finishes at even par after a 78 today. He's not going to sleep well tonight.6:52 p.m. Yang in the first cut. Woods in the fairway on the right side with another bomb. However, the irons not the driver are costing Woods today, which is unusual.6:51 p.m. Reader William writes: Woods "just a little off today"? This is going to cost dearly I think.I agree, William. After the surgery and the rehab and the tough run of majors, he wants this about as much as he's wanted any tournament. It will hurt.6:48 p.m. Oh man. Yang just misses his par putt too, lips out. Two bogeys. Yang still leads by one. Going to the 18th hole. Remember that Tiger Woods always finds a way to win in the most dramatic way possible. 6:47 p.m. Woods misses another well-struck putt. Just a little off today.6:46 p.m. Yang leaves his putt way short, about six feet left. He smiles. Don't smile, Yang. Whatever you do, don't smile.6:43 p.m. Woods hits a poor chip out of the rough and will have about 10 feet for his par save. I wouldn't count him out yet.6:40 p.m. Oh, no! Woods crushes it over the green and into the spinach. He liked that one too.6:38 p.m. Yang hits a 7-iron straight, maybe a little short. He'll have a long birdie putt. 6:35 p.m. Sports Illustrated's Dick Friedman, longtime Friend of the Blog, appreciates the fans at Hazeltine: It’s
clear even through the TV that the fans in Minnesota are really
savoring these last few holes. Of course, the minute the final putt
drops, so does the first puck of the hockey season.6:31 p.m. Yang misses right. Good-good. Yang has one-stroke lead going to the par-3 17th.6:29 p.m. Tiger stalks his 30-footer on the 16th green. Lag putt, likely par. Yang will have 15-footer for two-shot lead.6:27 p.m. Woods makes the conservative play, he finds the green but has a long putt in. Yang fires right at the pin, barely missing the water and nestles it close.6:24 p.m. Phil Mickelson was hoping for this. "I hope that it comes down to the last few holes, because the last few majors have been exciting," Phil said on his way out of Dodge following a 12-over tournament. 6:21 p.m. Yang safely in the fairway on 16; Woods is fine as well. Somewhere, Bob May is cracking a beer and settling into an E-Z chair.6:18 p.m. Woods must be wondering who put the Sarah Wrap on all the holes, another well-struck putt that runs right along the edge of the hole. Par for Woods, still one back.6:16 p.m. Tense putt from Yang, lags it close and makes par. Then throws the ball into the crowd. The CBS guys note that Woods is now standing closer to Yang when Yang putts, a little intimidation move.6:15 p.m. Yang's wedge much worse, lot of work left for birdie.6:14 p.m. Woods sticks his wedge tight, like any-other-day-but-today-it's-an-automatic birdie tight.6:11 p.m. Fellow Live Blogger Connell Barrett is already shuttering at the possible name puns Jim Nantz might make from Y.E. Yang.
Why we should all pull
Jim Nantz plays it
straight when Woods wins, but he loves hamming it up and making punny
pronouncements when others close out a major, such as Singh (Nantz: "Vijay
means victory"), Beem in '02 ("Rich ... and famous!"), and DL3
in '97 ("That's what Love is all about!") And let's not forget
Bob May's playoff-forcing putt at
("Yes, you May!"). More like, Oy May!
Let's hope we don't have to hear:
Y.E. Yang: [Winning putt
is rolling...] "Everybody have fun tonight..." [Putt drops]
"Everybody YANG Chung tonight!"
three shots ahead of everybody else." Yes, and if one of the "everybody
else" has a great run while the leaders choke and we end up with a
playoff, won't you feel silly for ignoring them all day? Not that I
think that'll happen. But even Harrington's run to get back to third
might interest someone. Harrington is showing true grit out there but he's still 1-under. Nobody is really distinguishing themselves out there today, including the Man in Red, who lands in a bunker on the drivable par-4 14th 5:47 p.m. 5:46 p.m. 5:44 p.m. 5:41 p.m. 5:38 p.m. So Mike what you're saying is that Tiger today = Ali's "Rope a Dope" in boxing?
military service. Only 60 kept their cards and by 100 dollars, he kept
his career moving forward and made progress every year. 5:28 p.m. 5:26 p.m. Do you think Tiger is "just playing the course, not the man" right now, but will kick into "pressure mode" down the stretch? 5:23 p.m. 5:21 p.m. need 5:19 p.m. 5:18 p.m. 5:17 p.m. 5:13 p.m. 5:12 p.m. Mike: I am in Alaska following only through your blog. How does Tiger look? Calm or a bit tense? We're getting Woods the Grinder today. Doesn't have the superhero strut as he does when he's hitting on all four, not the "allergies acting up" eyes that he gets when he's struggling.
playing classic "Nicklaus with or tied for the lead" golf right now. In other words, hang on and wait for everyone else to mess up, and start to feel the
heat. 5:05 p.m. 5:03 p.m. 5:01 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 4:57 p.m. Well, I believe in luck. And it's certainly been a lucky
year so far. I think it all started from the second stage of Q-School
and it was the last day, last putt, and I made a 7-foot uphill putt and
I think the confidence just took a turn and ever since then it's been
sort of I wouldn't say downhill in an easy way, but it's been easy and
that's why I had one win under my belt now. So, yeah, it's a lot
of luck. I mean, apart from working on my game, it's been a lot of luck
and also, yes, that helps a lot with your confidence as well.
comments about shot placement- keep them coming. Do you think it's
possible Tiger can win the tournament without a "Holy Cow!" shot this
round? 4:30 p.m. 4:28 p.m. 4:26 p.m. 4:24 p.m. 4:22 p.m. 4:21 p.m. iron-play 4:19 p.m. 4:16 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 4:14 p.m. 4:12 p.m. 4:08 p.m. 4:06 p.m. 4:05 p.m. 4:03 p.m. 3:59 p.m. 3:55 p.m. 3:54 p.m. 3:53 p.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:48 p.m. 3:46 p.m. I just
watched Harrington brush across the green (on 4) with his hand like he
was grooming the ground, not picking up debris. Am I wrong, or is that
ask me the ideal tournament, I'd like at least one day of difficult
conditions for everybody. 2:50 p.m. 2:47 p.m. Yang is playing well and he does a great job of staying relaxed and not
putting pressure on himself. He has excellent rhythm and has built to
this point in his career with hard work, fortitude and not "overtrying"
to make his career happen. If he can stay still longer with his putting
and stroke, get off to a solid start and deal with the hoopla of being
in Tigers group, he should have a solid round and take a lot from the
tournament. He is ploaying well enough to win but Tiger has an
advantage with his experience as there are some good names all within
distance of the lead. 2:46 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 2:40 p.m. It's amazing how the guys in good firm coming into the week are playing
well. Tiger, Harrington, Rollins, Fisher, Yang, Glover. It is the most
important thing. 2:35 p.m. 2:30 p.m.