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Tiger Woods was 14-0 when going into the final round of major championships with at least a share of the lead, and the 2009 PGA Championship looked to be over one day earlier. Woods put on a clinic at Hazeltine and opened with rounds of 67-70 to build a four-shot lead over Padraig Harrington.

Six shots behind was Y.E. Yang of South Korea, who had been to PGA Tour qualifying school the previous year and then won the Honda Classic.

Woods followed with a 71 in the third round, but still had a two-shot lead over Yang. Even so, he seemed well on his way to a 15th major. Woods, however, started missing putts for birdie and par early in the final round in tough scoring conditions. Yang took the lead for the first time all week by chipping in for eagle on the 14th green. He had a chance to put Woods away on the 17th, until he made bogey and took a one-shot lead to the final hole.

On the 18th hole, with a tree blocking his view of the flag, Yang hit a 3-iron hybrid that cleared a bunker and settled 12 feet away. He made the birdie putt for a 70, matching the best score of the final round, and wound up with a three-shot win. He was the first Asian to win a men’s major.