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The Tour Report

June 18 2011

8:55 PM

Yang will play his game

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

Yang "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."