Game on as Yang feels he can nick it


ASIA’s history-maker Y.E. Yang believes he has the game to win the Masters this week as he seeks to land a second Major victory.

The Korean star, who became the first Asian male golfer to win a Major title when he beat Tiger Woods in a head-to-head duel at the 2009 PGA Championship, has flown under the radar in recent times following a quiet spell of form.

But the Asian Tour player insists that the Masters is “winnable”.

“It is certainly winnable. Apart from the other three Majors, Augusta National does not have tough rough and it is not as long as the other Majors,” said Yang, 41.

“I have come up on the leaderboard at the Masters a few times previously. I have confidence going into the Majors but with Augusta National, it’s different. You play the same course every year and you have a feel of the whole layout and tournament.

“If you can get used to the green speed which is horrendous for the players, I feel it’s the better Major for Asians to excel. It’s not too long but overall, it’s fairly straight forward. If you can get used to the green speed, it’s really anybody’s game.”

Yang’s best showing at the Masters was a tied eighth finish in the 2010 edition. He followed that up with a top-20 in 2011 and shared 57th last year. The powerful Korean also finished equal third in the US Open in 2011.

Yang has not won on the PGA Tour since his life-changing victory four years ago but three top-20s in recent times, including at the Asian Tour’s inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic, have boosted his confidence.

“This year, I’m more relaxed mentally and physically. It’s translated to a better start than last year.” — AFP

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