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YANG GETS OFF TRACK AT ST ANDREWS
St Andrews: Korean star Y.E. Yang boarded the bogey train at St Andrews as his British Open challenge all but ended with a third round of four-over-par 76 on Saturday.
With gale winds knocking off many of the world’s best golfers gathered at the fabled Old Course, Yang, Asia’s first male Major champion, struggled to cope with the elements and settled for a three-day total of one-over-par 217.
His opening five holes did not see him yield a single par as he dropped four bogeys against a lone birdie. The Asian Tour honorary member birdied the ninth hole for a brief respite but gave the shot straight back after making the turn.
A double bogey at the demanding 17th Road Hole was quickly offset with a closing birdie on 18 and after his round, the powerful Korean offered no excuses.
Yang said: “It was a tough, tough day. I started with bogey, birdie and then bogey, bogey, bogey. You can’t find your rhythm in this sort of situations. I soldiered on to the 18th hole. It just wasn’t my day,” said Yang.
Winner of the US PGA Championship last year when he outplayed world number one Tiger Woods in the final round, the Korean strongman admitted the strong winds simply knocked him off his stride.
He started the third round on three-under-par in tied 21st position and nine shots back of overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa but any hopes of him climbing up the leaderboard were quickly dispelled.
“I just tried to play solid, stay well grounded and back to the basics type of play. There was nothing really that I could do,” said Yang.