AUGUSTA, Ga. – Maybe the golf world is beyond being surprised by a Y.E. Yang sighting on a major leaderboard, his caddie Mike Bestor sure is.
Never mind that Yang missed the cut badly last week in Houston or his less-than-compelling record at Augusta National, the South Korean’s opening 67 fits perfectly with what Bestor has come to expect when his boss begins inching into the hunt.
“When he gets his noise in contention he’s as calm as can be,” Bestor said. “He never rushes. He slows down automatically.”
Yang climbed to 7 under and into a share of the lead with Rory McIlroy but stumbled late with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 17 and 18. Still, Bestor was confident his man could keep up the pace.
Yang’s turnaround occurred on Monday when he arrived from Houston, where he struggled to rounds of 77-73, his worst outing of the year. He’s been trying to turn the ball over too much so he concentrated on staying “neutral over the ball” with much less spin.