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September 18 2011

9:38 PM

Yang among East Lake survivors

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

LEMONT, Ill. -- Y.E. Yang was all smiles as he walked up the stairs to the scorer's trailer on a dreary Sunday afternoon.

Yang wasn't totally sure but he knew his round of 70 had given him a shot at remaining in the top 30 of the FedExCup. And he was right -- Yang started the week at No. 28 and was 29th when he finished.

Yang "I didn't know the exact ranking where I was FedExCup points wise, but the weather is not ideal today, so a lot of players must have struggled, and I knew that if I played under par today, I would have a good chance to still cling on to that last few spots," Yang said through his interpreter.

"I did have a chance to check midway, and I was still around the bubble, so I figured I'd probably be still around the same position I started at."

Yang gave himself some anxious moments at the 18th, though, as his approach came in low and just cleared the water. Yang's caddy said the two had been trying to hit the 2-hybrid well over the green. 

"I did focus quite a lot and try to hit the right shot, but I think I hit it a little bit fat but actually made it fly a little bit low. I thought as it was in flight that it might not even clear the hazard.

"Right when I saw it hit the front edge of the green and go over instead of coming back into the water, I think that was when ... my legs got a little bit weaker there."

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