ATLANTA -- A wide range of emotions, not coincidentally tied to scores shot Saturday during the third round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, were reflected in tweets sent overnight by players competing at East Lake.
Luke Donald's 70 was his highest tally of the week but still left him in position for an historic double. He's 6 under and three shots off the lead – Donald would pocket the FedExCup's $10 million bonus if he can come from behind and win.
@LukeDonald That was a tough day out there today, had to fight really hard, tomorrow will be even tougher. Can't wait!
Bubba Watson continued his tumultuous relationship with East Lake -- firing a 79 on Saturday after shooting his career low of 64 the previous day. The killer was a quintuple bogey 9 at the 17th hole that included two bogeys in the water beside the green.
@bubbawatson All I can say or do is dust myself off & try to play better tomorrow! #eastlakewinning
And Y.E. Yang, who won the 2009 PGA Championship, has yet to break par at East Lake.
@Y_E_Yang When ur game is off like today, you lose all interest. Hope KJ plays well tomorrow. I am just going to play with abandon tomorrow.
@Y_E_Yang At least the wife is here tonight. That cheered me up a bit. Otherwise, it feels like kinda blank and wasted today
And here’s a tweet Sunday from a player who didn’t make the Playoffs finale!
@IanJamesPoulter It's a mans day today check it out. F1 this morning, then footie, Solheim cup, then 10 mil shootout.
ATLANTA -- There's no one tweeting 'Go Time' today since Rickie Fowler came 14 spots shy of making the field for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
But two of the 30 players in the field at East Lake did take to Twitter prior to their first rounds on Thursday.
@Y_E_Yang Last 4 rounds of this season: 2nd to tee off at 11:45. 30 players only have makes it look like an exhibition match, in reality anything but.
@JByrdpga Thanks to Adam Hayes, Randy Myers, Mo Pickens, Mike Bender, Keith Kleven, Jimmy Johnston, Mac Barnhardt, and of course my beautiful bride!
@JByrdpga Thank you for your expertise and all your hard work this year to help me be here at the Tour Championship #Gladyouronmyteam
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.
"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."
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. – Some PGA TOUR players have an entourage that would make Jeremy Pivens envious.
Short game gurus, swing coaches and sports psychologists, to name a few. And that doesn't even count the requisite agents, publicists and trainers.
But Y.E. Yang has taken control of his own game this year and is no longer is working with a swing coach. The 2009 PGA champ must be doing something right -- and Friday's opening 66 at the Deutsche Bank Championship was just another indication.
"I'm finally tweaking the right things, I think," the Korean said through an interpreter. "It's been a year and a season of adjustments, and today, this morning, I experimented by not swinging my right arm too far back in my backswing, actually keeping my armpit closed a lot more than usual, and I think that helped my control overall in my driver and my second shots.
"So I think those little experiments are paying off, and self-teaching has its benefits, as well."
That confidence couldn't come at a better time, too. Yang picked up his fifth top-10 of the season at The Barclays last week when he closed with a 63, tied for sixth and moved to 26th in the FedExCup standings.
After Friday's first round, Yang was projected ninth in the rankings.
"I'll definitely check it," he said. "I think every player checks it. But I think it's good that the ascension is coming right now, not earlier in the season, because the Playoffs are definitely important. Everybody is eyeing that big prize at the end.
"And last week felt gradually good, and then the final round last week I played fairly well. I'm trying to keep that momentum going. If it is a peak, then I hope this peak lasts for a long time."
NORTON, Mass. – Luke Donald and Y.E. Yang played on opposite nines on Friday at TPC Boston but they had one thing in common.
The two have just finished off 66s in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship that put them one shot off Troy Matteson’s lead. The two are tied with Jerry Kelly and Charl Schwartzel, who both shot their rounds of 5 under in the morning.
George McNeill, Steve Marino, Jonathan Byrd and Rory Sabbatini shot 67s in the afternoon. The four are tied with early finishesrs Jason Day, Nick Watney and Chez Reavie.
Nine players remain on the course, all playing the 18th hole.
Vijay Singh said it: “59s are out there. If you look at it, how easy it's playing.”
He went on to add that there is trouble out there too if players aren’t careful at Plainfield Country Club. But with some of the low numbers already popping up, someone might just shoot golf’s magic number.
Already Brandt Snedeker and Y.E. Yang are each 6 under through eight and seven holes -- Snedeker birdied his first five holes and added another on No. 7, while Yang birdied six straight starting on No. 2.
The record for most birdies in a row, in case you’re wondering, is nine by Mark Calcavecchia at the 2009 RBC Canadian Open. The lowest nine-hole score on a par-35 is 27. Six players have accomplished that feat -- including Snedeker in 2007 at Torrey Pines’ North Course. The low nine ever is 26 (on a par-34), which Corey Pavin did at Brown Deer Park in the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship at Milwaukee.
BETHESDA, Md. – Rory McIlroy just rifled his tee shot at the par-3 10th hole over the pin, then watched as it trickled back toward the cup and stopped about two inches away.
As he began the final nine holes of the 111th U.S. Open, McIlroy owns a commanding eight-stroke lead. Y.E. Yang, who just birdied the par-5 ninth, is as close to McIlroy as anyone has been all day.
McIlroy tapped in for birdie, then Yang made his to move to 17 and 9 under, respectively.
Interestingly, the Korean is a birdie away from becoming the second person this week to reach double digits under par at a U.S. Open – only four players had done it before McIlroy joined them this week.
BETHESDA, Md. – Overcast skies and the threat of rain haven’t deterred the fans from coming out to Congressional on Father’s Day for the chance to potentially see history made.
There should be a break in the cloud cover by 2-3 p.m. as temperatures rise into the low 80s. But a large area of showers and thunderstorms moving east from Indiana and Kentucky is expected to impact the area in the late afternoon.
Rory McIlroy and Y.E. Yang teeing off at 3:30 p.m. and aren’t expected to finish until after 7 p.m. So there likely will be eyes to the skies on the back nine as the chance of thunderstorms increases to 50 percent.
Of course, there was a similar forecast on Saturday and Mother Nature cooperated. So keep your fingers crossed.
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- Y.E. Yang is eight shots back with 18 holes to play. And in second place.
Playing with Rory McIlroy for the second straight day. Wondering, like everyone else, what's a player got to do to catch him, let alone beat him, in the final round
"I think it's actually a race for second place right now,'' Yang said. "I'll try and catch up with Rory as much as possible, as much as I can. But if he doesn't let go, it's going to be a race for second place.
"I'm playing some good golf right now, actually. There are some areas that I need improvement. But at the same time, I can't complain at the score I have right now on this type of course. Let the best second place win."
Yang started the day six shots back and in second place and shot a respectable 70. It couldn't match McIlroy's 68 and left him two more shots behind.
"I wanted to catch up a little bit, I have to be honest with you,'' he said. "But at the same time, the player with the better shot, with the better putt, with the better composure is leading right now. So I have no regrets. Right now the better player is leading.''
Yang said all he can do Sunday is "maintain a balanced attack. That's all I can ask of myself right now.
"You never know, I could hit 4‑over or I could hit 4‑under. You never know tomorrow's events. So I'm not going to put anything away right now, but at the same time mini steps for me. I'm just going to try to play my game."