Yang, Choi face off on home-soil

BY foxsports • October 15, 2009

PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang goes head-to-head with fellow-South Korean and PGA Tour regular K.J. Choi on home soil at this week's Shinhan Donghae Open. Yang, 37, is looking to grab his first Korean Tour title in three years with a win at the Lakeside Golf Course in Yongin, outside Seoul. It's a triumphant homecoming for Yang, who made history in August by beating Tiger Woods for the PGA Championship title. He is the first player from Asia to win a major men's title. Woods settled the score at the Presidents Cup earlier this week with a 6-5 victory over the South Korean. "This is the first time I've been back to South Korea in a year and a half, and I'm happy to be competing with great players like K.J. Choi," Yang said shortly after his arrival. He faces formidable competition from Choi, nicknamed the "Korean Tank," who has won the last two Donghae Opens. Defending Champion Choi has won seven U.S. PGA tournaments, most recently the 2008 Sony Open, and is ranked No. 81 in the world. But the 39-year-old had a disappointing season at home that saw him earn just one Top-10 finish. This week's tournament is their first meeting in a KPGA Tour event since the 2003 SK Telecom Open. Other players to watch include Wi Chang-soo, who has won a number of KPGA Tour events, and 23-year-old Bae Sang-moon, who holds the top spot in the local rankings.

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