Name: Y.E. Yang (a.k.a. Yang Yong-eun)
Hails from: South Korea
Occupation: Professional Golfer
Known for: Despite starting Sunday as a 20-1 underdog ranked #110 in the world, unleashing a shocking performance to ultimately best #1 Tiger Woods (previously 14 for 14 as a closer in majors) for the win in the 2009 PGA Championship.
Since the upset, Yang has been described as an almost mythical hero:
…and we’re totally buying it. Besides possessing one truly astounding great win, Yang really does seem like a pretty great, humble guy–and wouldn’t you know it, also happens to be the very first male from Asia to win a major golf championship.
We can barely avoid tearing up while reading his own words of inspirasian for the peeps:
“’I hope this win would be as — if not as significant, something quite parallel to an impact both to golf in Korea as well as golf in Asia so that all the young golfers, Korean and Asian, would probably build their dreams and expand their horizons a bit with this win,’ he said.“
Can you? Didn’t think so. We’re so feeling the hype!
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