Y.E. Yang moves from Japan Golf Tour to PGA Tour Champions

Y.E. Yang moves from Japan Golf Tour to PGA Tour Champions

2009 PGA Championship winner - Y.E. Yang will leave Japan Golf Tour for competing in next year’s PGA Tour Champions.
 
Y.E. Yang spent 19 years of his life, playing professional golf for the Japan Golf Tour. The first time Yang played a full season on the Japan Golf Tour was almost two decades ago in 2002, he is playing on the tour since then.

At age 32, Yang got his breakthrough victory on the Japan Golf Tour when he won the Sun Chlorella Classic at Hokkaido, Japan in 2004. That year, he won twice as Yang won again at the Asahi-Ryokuken Yomiuri Memorial event in early November of 2004.

In the next two years, Yang got another two victories on the Japan Golf Tour in 2005, 2006 Japan Golf Tour season.

In between, Yang also played in his first-ever Japan Golf Tour playoffs during the 2006 ABC Championship, but he lost the playoffs to Shingo Katayama. Till today, that is the only playoff, Yang has played in his Japan Golf Tour career.

A couple of years later, Yang made history when he became the first-ever Asian golfer to win a major championship in Men’s golf. He achieved this feat. after winning the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Course, Chaska, Minnesota.
 
Yang won his first-ever major championship after defeating the in-form Tiger Woods who at that time was world no. 1 golfer.

After getting that incredible achievement, Yang found it difficult to win again on the Japan Golf Tour as his last win was in the 2006 Suntory Open but at last, after 12 long years, Yang won on the Japan Golf Tour through his 2018 Japan Golf Tour victory at the “The Crowns.”

However, this week Y.E. Yang will play in his final Japan Golf Tour event at the Casio World Open because the South Korean golfer is going to shift to the Senior Tour and play in PGA Tour Champions starting from next year.

Yang who turns 50 in January 2022, is eligible to play on the PGA Tour Champions through his 2009 PGA Championship victory – an event he won 12 years ago in Minnesota, USA.
 
Talking about this week, then the five-time Japan Golf Tour winner – Y.E. Yang is in contention to win in the Japan Golf Tour’s Casio World Open.
 
On the first two days of the event, Yang scored 65, 69 for an overall score of 10 under 134. At -10, Yang is ranked third on the leaderboard and is five behind the leader - Mikumu Horikawa.

Going into the weekend, Yang has a decisive chance to finish off his Japan Golf Tour career with a victory at the Casio World Open.


[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: GOLF DIGEST]


References: Japan Golf Tour

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November 26, 2021 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Sri Lanka’s Anura Rohana is T2 after 36 holes

Sri Lanka’s Anura Rohana is T2 after 36 holes

Anura Rohana is tied second on the leaderboards after scoring 69, 66 on the first two days of IndianOil Servo Masters Golf.

Today, Anura started his round by scoring one under 35 in his front nine holes (10-18).
 
Anura’s back nine holes (1-9) were brilliant where he scored one bogey, six birdies which includes five consecutive birdies from holes of 3rd to 7th for a back nine score of five under 31. For scoring 35, 31, Anura had a round two score of six under 66.
 
Anura is sharing second place with Harendra Gupta at an overall score of 9 under 135. Both Anura, Harendra are one stroke behind the leader - Yuvraj Singh Sandhu.
Anura will start his third round on Friday at 9:20 AM IST.

 

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November 18, 2021 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Yosuke Asaji win’s Mynavi ABC Championship

Yosuke Asaji win’s Mynavi ABC Championship

The 50th edition of the Mynavi ABC Championship was held at ABC Golf Course, Kato City.

The winner of the 50th Mynavi ABC Championship – Yosuke Asaji, didn’t lead a single round during the first three rounds of the event but stayed in contention by getting top-five finishes in rounds of second and third.

Two players Tomohiro Ishizaka, Mikumu Horikawa, were sharing the 54-hole lead of the tournament at 13 under 203 while, Yosuke who scored 12 under 204 in three rounds was ranked tied third.
 
Leaderboards of top three after round three:

Rank Name Round 3 Score Par
T1. Mikumu Horikawa 63 -13
T1. Tomohiro Ishizaka 66 -13
T3. Yosuke Asaji 68 -12

The final round of the Mynavi ABC Championship was played on Sunday.

After the first nine holes of round four were completed, Tomohiro was the sole leader of the tournament at -14 following his front nine score of one-under-par (35).

Mikumu, Yosuke were tied for second because like Tomohiro, Yosuke also got an under-par score (-1) in his front nine to move -13, tie with Mikumu who stayed at -13 following an even-par score in his front nine (36).
 
Scores of top three after round four’s front nine:
Rank Name Round fours's front nine Score Par
1. Tomohiro Ishizaka 35 -14
T2. Yosuke Asaji 35 -14
T2. Mikumu Horikawa 36 -13

Tomohiro ended his back nine at even-par (36), Mikumu scored a lone birdie in his front nine’s par-4 11th to move -14, tie with Tomohiro for first. Here, Yosuke also scored a birdie on the 11th but the very next hole, Yosuke gave away a bogey on the 12th to return at -13.

Two holes later, Yosuke again scored a birdie, on hole 15th to move -14. Now, all three players Tomohiro, Mikumu, Yosuke were tied at -14.
Tomohiro, Mikumu ended their final round (4) and didn’t score any more birdies in their last three holes (16, 17, 18) whereas Yosuke had a near-perfect finish of his fourth-round by scoring back-to-back birdies on holes of 17th, 18th to move -16 and win the event by two strokes.

Round three leaders Tomohiro, Mikumu got identical round four scores of 71 however, Yosuke scored 68 in round four.
Yosuke won the Mynavi ABC Championship at 16 under 272 while, Tomohiro, Mikumu finished tied second at 14 under 274.

Yosuke, last won on the Japan Golf Tour in 2019 when he had defeated a field of 120 golfers to win the 2019 ANA Open. Today, Yosuke won the Mynavi ABC Championship i.e., his first professional golf victory in two years and overall, third career victory on the Japan Golf Tour.
 
Final leaderboard of top three after 72 holes:
Rank Name Front Nine Back Nine Round 4 Score Par
1. Yosuke Asaji 35 33 68 -16
T2. Tomohiro Ishizaka 35 36 71 -14
T2. Mikumu Horikawa 36 35 71 -14

[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: JUNICHI UEYAMA/NIKKAN SPORTS NEWS]
 

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November 08, 2021 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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