Yang Yong-eun took on the best golfers in the world and won. He owes compatriot K.J. Choi for some advice.
Yang calmly overhauled South Africa's Retief Goosen and held off Tiger Woods to win the US$5 million HSBC Champions by two strokes yesterday.
Now the 34-year-old South Korean is ranked No. 1 on the European Tour -- albeit only one event into the new season -- and is into the top 40 on the world rankings.
Yang credited Choi, who won the Chrysler Championship in Florida last month for his fourth title on the US PGA Tour, for the decision to play further afield than the Japan and Asian tours.
Choi "told me to I should consider seriously playing on the European tour because I would get to play bigger fields and it would be good experience for me if my ultimate goal is to go to the PGA Tour," Yang said.