August 18, 2009 in Sports

Yang’s PGA win inspiring

Associated Press

The morning after Y.E. Yang became the first Asian golfer to win a men’s major championship, Peter Cho was too excited to go to work.

So he grabbed his teenage son, Alex, and headed for the driving range.

The Chos were hitting balls Monday morning at Majestic Golf Land, a three-story golf center near the Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood.

For South Koreans, Yang’s stunning win – over Tiger Woods, no less – in the PGA Championship was inspiring, even though many are Tiger fans.

“When Tiger wins, Korea’s happy. When a Korean wins, Korea’s happier,” Cho said. “It couldn’t be any better for us.”

The golf world was still abuzz Monday after Yang’s astonishing victory.

While Woods, whose mother is Thai, is celebrated across Asia, the region now has a homegrown men’s champion, too.

“It’s a great, great day for Asian golf,” Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han told the Associated Press. “Probably our biggest day. It’s always been our hope that we will see an Asian player win a major, and that day is here.”

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