CHASKA, Minn. – Charlie Wi is one of Y.E. Yang’s closest friends on the PGA Tour and a regular practice-round partner who played 18 with the PGA Championship’s chief antagonist on Tuesday at Hazeltine National. But there was nothing in that loop that suggested his man was heading for an epic showdown with Tiger Woods.
“He doesn’t play very good in practice rounds,” Wi said. “I thought I’d be in the last group (on Sunday) the way I played. But he’s putting like he did (at the 2006 HSBC Classic, which he won over Woods and others). I did see that.”
He won’t, however, see Yang’s brush with the world No. 1. Wi signed for a final-round 75 Sunday and headed straight to the airport to catch a flight.