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YANG BELIEVES OPEN LESSONS GOOD FOR PGA DEFENCE
St Andrews: Korean star Y.E. Yang believes his British Open campaign at St Andrews was ideal preparation for his defence of the US PGA Championship next month.
Yang, the first Asian male golfer to lift a Major title when he outplayed Tiger Woods in a head-to-head duel last year, carded a final round of two-over-par 74 at the Old Course to the end the week on three-over-par 291.
While disappointed he failed to mount a serious challenge despite a solid opening 67 on Thursday, the Asian Tour honorary member said the experience of competing in wind swept conditions was a good learning curve.
“It was good to play in this sort of situations. The elements were so hard to play in. I can put that to good use in the latter stages of the PGA Tour season, considering as well that the last Major will be held in a windy course,” said Yang, who made the Open cut for the first time in three attempts this week.
The PGA Championship, the fourth and final Major of the year, will be played at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin and Yang knows the importance of putting up a good defence for Asian golf following his historic achievement last year.
As Whistling Straits is somewhat a links-style course and is sculpted along two miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Yang believes the demanding test that players faced over the past two days at the Old Course will come in handy for him.
“You cannot be a better player without assessing your mistakes. It was a good learning process with what this golf course threw at us,” he said.
“In the first round, I was very comfortable. But in the second round, I played badly when the high winds came in. I’m going to rest for a week or two after this week and hope to build upon my game again.
“The practice rounds here felt good but I couldn’t apply the feeling on the golf course when the conditions were not favourable. My reading of the weather, the wind speed and direction, was a bit off. I need to learn from this,” he said.