Yang targets Malaysia title†
Y.E. Yang wants to make up for a quiet US PGA Tour campaign with victory at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia.
The Korean, who delivered Asia’s first Major at the 2009 US PGA Championship, is keen to stamp his mark in the inaugural $6 million CIMB Asia Pacific Classic starting on Thursday.
Yang arrived at the Mines Resort and Golf Club and found a liking for the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course.
"It’s going to be fun, it looks like a fun course," said Yang, who is an honorary member of the Asian Tour. "It seems like a lot of birdies will come out. The key is to play well on the greens which are fast and undulating."
With fellow Major winners Ernie Els and Retief Goosen and Ryder Cup stars Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler headlining the 40-man field, Yang knows he will need to reproduce the form that saw him topple Tiger Woods at the US PGA Championship.
"Relatively compared to last year, it’s been a bit of a let down but I don’t think it has been a sub-par performance," he added.
"It was an average year on the PGA Tour but I’ve off set that with wins in China and Korea. I’ve got two or three more events in Asia and I’m trying to make the most of that.
"Asia has always been good to me and hopefully I can play better in Asia than on the PGA Tour."