Wow wow wow wow wow!
So falls the giant.
But let's just call this post my "I told you so" edition. Why?
#1: I posted a few days back that one of the big determining factors of the week would be how players can get themselves out of Hazeltine's deep greenside rough. Yang avoided it all day on Sunday. But it knocked Tiger down on 17 and then buried him on 18.
#2: I liked Y.E. Yang going into this week. Really. He finished 5th at the Buick Open and followed it up with a 69-66 on the weekend at Bridgestone, second only to TW. And since my wife could only fake being impressed by this, here's a screen grab of my fantasy team for the week. When Yang found himself in the final group heading into Sunday's final round, I was baffled that none of the talking heads were talking seriously about Yang as a threat. There was only one name on the first page of the leaderboard who could say they had held off a charging Tiger to win an event in the last three years. And it wasn't Padraig Harrington. It was Y.E. Yang at the 2006 HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Never heard of it? Doesn't matter. Any win with Tiger in close pursuit needs to be taken seriously.
And perhaps more than anything, today should be a reminder to everyone that Tiger is human. And in turn, how much more we should be in awe of the fact he has won 14 majors by age 33. Fields are getting deeper, fairways are getting tighter and courses are getting longer. The stretch from 14 majors to 18 may well prove to be even tougher than getting from 1 to 14.