Yang had done the hard work, matching and eventually getting the better of 14-time major winner Tiger Woods; all the world No. 110 had to do now was hole out, and the 2009 PGA Championship trophy would be his.
The 37-year-old made no mistake, birdying the decisive final hole to become Asia’s first ever major champion.
But though his victory did indeed herald a new era in golf, it was not in the way anyone expected. Until that day Woods had never relinquished a lead after 54 holes; since, he has never won another major.
Meanwhile the predicted succession of South Korean major champions on the PGA Tour never came.
While 15 of the past 29 majors on the LPGA tour have been won by South Korean…