Yang triumphs in China
South Korean closes out two-shot win
Last Updated: April 19, 2010 7:04am
Yang: third European Tour title
USPGA champion YE Yang completed a two-shot victory at the Volvo China Open with a steady final round of 71.
"There should be some doubters about my game and I know that this win won't abolish all those doubts, but I think it will alleviate me of some of the pressure and unseen pressure those doubters have been throwing at me."
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The South Korean, leading by one at the start of the day, birdied the second before reeling off 11 pars in a row to maintain his position at the top of the leaderboard as persistent light rain fell at the Jinji Lake Golf Club in Suzhou.
After saving par out of a pot bunker at the 11th, a birdie at the 14th gave Yang breathing space and allowed him the luxury of a bogey at the last, his first dropped shot for 50 holes, after he found sand from the tee.
"It was quite important for me to win," he said. "There should be some doubters about my game and I know that this win won't abolish all those doubts, but I think it will alleviate me of some of the pressure and unseen pressure those doubters have been throwing at me.
"There have been a lot of expectations of me after the win and it does feel good and alleviating, but I know I still have to work a lot more.
"Last year after the (US) PGA Championship I tried to continue that streak and it didn't come naturally, but this year maybe because it is a new year, it certainly feels like it is a continuation of the season.
"I have had a few good finishes and now this wonderful win, so I think that I am on the right track."
Yang's final 15-under-par total was two better than Welsh duo Stephen Dodd and Rhys Davies.
Fresh from posting a maiden European Tour win at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco in March, Davies followed up a flawless third-round 65 with a bogey-free 67.
Dodd, the 2004 champion, joined compatriot Davies at 13-under-par after carding four birdies in a final round of 69.
Another Welshman, Jamie Donaldson, had been Yang's closest pursuer for much of the day and briefly claimed a share of the lead with a birdie at the 12th.
But he immediately dropped back with a three-putt, double bogey at the next and closed with successive bogeys to settle for a 73 and a tie for fourth at 12-under-par.
Finland's Mikko Illonen (69) and Johan Edfors (73) from Sweden also finished at 12 under.
Oliver Fisher, who lost his card at the end of last season, earned a fourth consecutive top-10 finish after a closing 69 ensured seventh place.
Graeme McDowell (68), Asian number one Thongchai Jaidee (69), Nicolas Colsaerts (69), world number 16 Henrik Stenson (69), Alexander Noren (70), Ross McGowan (70), half-way leader Kim Do-hoon (72) and Pablo Larrazabal (73) all shared eighth, rounding out the top 10 at 10-under-par.