South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun tied for third at the U.S. Open golf championship, which ended Sunday just outside Washington.
At the year’s second major tournament held at the Congressional Country Club, Yang finished at 6-under, 10 strokes behind the champion Rory McIlroy. Yang began the day in second place, eight behind McIlroy, but shot an even-par round of 71 to drop into a three-way tie for third, along with Kevin Chappell, Robert Garrigus and Lee Westwood.
Yang Yong-eun (AFP-Yonhap News)
Yang began his day with five straight pars, then had his first birdie on sixth. Consecutive birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 took Yang to 9-under. But he put his second shot into water on the par-4 11th and had a bogey to fall to 8-under.
Yang, 39, struggled with his tee shots on the back nine and committed another bogey on No. 15. With the bogey on 18th, Yang failed to join McIlroy and Garrigus as only players to shoot all four rounds under par. Yang, the 2009 PGA Championship winner, remains the only Asian with a major title in golf. The four major events each year are the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship.