I present to you Y.E. Yang’s scorecard. No, that’s not a mistake, nor is it Photoshopped. Yang was only four shots off the lead at one-over when he made the turn. And then something happened. A weekend duffer exchanged games with the reigning ’09 PGA Champion.
Let’s run through his back nine scores: bogey, triple-bogey, bogey, bogey, triple-bogey, double-bogey, bogey, bogey, PAR. There was a shank involved on the 11th and a skulled shot on the 14th. The 50 watch was in full effect, but thankfully he two-putted the 18th to just escape being branded with the big 5-0. My God.
I really have no words and apparently neither did Yang as he quietly walked off the course after signing his scorecard. I watched the early part of the unraveling, but I’m almost glad I wasn’t there when the wheels really came off with the triple on the 14th hole — where playing partner Phil Mickelson almost made eagle.
Poor Yang. I honestly just wanted to give him a hug.
How in the world does that happen? Yes, it’s the US Open and all, but forty-freaking-nine! 4-9! I’d be upset if I shot that, so I imagine he feels worse than I can imagine. Let’s hope he can zap it from his memory as soon as possible and bounce back in his next start. And I hope Zach Johnson sends his prayers to Yang and his family.