BSO10-Y.E.YANG (1) -Y.E.Yang of Korea pictured at a press conference on November 09 2010 at the Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore.Yang will compete in the USD$ 6 Million event which is co sanctioned with the Asian and European Tour, which begins 11-14 November, 2010. Picture by Khalid Redza/World Sport Group. Barclays Singapore Open 2010 World Sport Group.
PRESS CONFERENCE WITH Y.E. YANG (KOREA)
Q Your thoughts about this week?
A It has been a while since I have been in Singapore and it is good to be back although the weather is not so welcoming (heavy rain on Tuesday morning). Hopefully the conditions will change - if the weather stays like this it is going to be a high-scoring affair.
It is good to come back here. I know there is a sizable Korean community in Singapore and I hope having won a Major my name is well circulated in the Singaporean community as well. I hope to make an impression on the Singapore fans.
Q How is your form coming into this week?
A This is my third week in a row playing. I feel okay apart from stiffness in the back of my neck. I got tired in Shanghai and I dropped into a deep sleep and I think I slept on my belly and turned my back to one position and kept it that way for a few hours. So when I woke up yesterday I had soreness and stiffness in the back of my neck. I have had some physiotherapy on it and hopefully I will get better. If the neck is not causing me any problems, I think I will play well.
Q How has your year been?
A This year has been a bit of a disappointment for me especially after 2009 (when he won the US PGA Championship). I started the year well with a third place in the Waste Management Open and a top 10 at the Masters. I kept the momentum going with a victory in the Volvo China Open (European Tour/Asiant Tour) and then a few weeks ago I won the Kolon Korea Open (OneAsia). For many players, it would have been a successful year but after the personal highs in 2009 it has been a bit disappointing especially as I have not won on the PGA Tour, where I play the majority of my golf. So mixed feelings about the year – it has been good but it could have been better.
Q How important to you are family and friends?
A For everyone, friends and family are important. In any walk of life family is indispensable. They have been my motivation and also my safe haven, from golf and for golf. My family keeps me motivated and it is good to see their reaction when I win. It is a little pride and pleasure that I have when I do well in my work. Makes me try and excel and push myself to my limits. It is good to know they have my back.
Q What is your opinion of young Korean golfer Noh Seung-yul?
A I have not played a competitive round with him but I have played practice rounds with him a couple of times, including in Shanghai last week. We have become friends. In Korean society if you have a bit of an age difference it is really difficult to have friends, it is more like a younger brother/older brother type of relationship. We have a good personal relationship, going to dinner together and things like that.
From a professional perspective, he is a very sound technically and mentally he is getting there as well.
He hits the ball very far, much further than I like it some times. I guess it comes with youth.
At 19 he has already played in numerous professional tournaments and has won a couple of events. When I was 19, I had just started golf. He has so much ahead of him. If he can just fortify his mental game and probably cope with the pressure a little bit better – not that I am saying it is bad right now. Last week in Shanghai he played very well. If he can sustain that kind of game coupled with a little bit improvement on the mental side, he will be a much better player than I am right now and astronomically better than I am when he comes to my age.