Mon, Apr 19, 2010 - Page 20 News List

S Korea’s Yang Yong-eun claims China Open win

REUTERS , SUZHOU, CHINA

Yang Yong-eun let his nerves get the best of him yesterday, but only after he completed a two-shot victory at the China Open.

Yang, who became Asia’s first major winner by claiming the PGA Championship last year, battled wind and rain to card a final round of 71 for a combined 15-under-par.

Welsh pair Stephen Dodd and Rhys Davies were in joint second two shots back, with Johan Edfors, Mikko Ilonen and Jamie Donaldson tied for fourth on 12 under.

The South Korean said he enjoyed the winning feeling, even if it was tinged with anxiety.

“It’s a tremendous honor. But it’s nerve-wracking too ... I always get tense after I’ve won a tournament — maybe it’s the thought of the speeches I have to make.

But I have a great sense of accomplishment and a wonderful feeling,” he said.

Yang had to work hard for the win thanks to the tough conditions, but his bogey at the 18th was his first in 50 holes.

“I knew the weather wasn’t going to be co-operative …I knew low scores weren’t going to be easy for anybody, and I knew I was going to have to work to save par from time to time. Luckily I was able to do that successfully,” he said.

Yang birdied the second but could not get close enough to the pin to give himself many more opportunities. On the par-4 11th he avoided a bogey despite making two visits to the sand and had further sand-saves on the 13 and 15.

Yang finally put a little clear water between himself and the field with a birdie on the par-5 14th.

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