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Y.E. Yang: The Tiger slayer

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  • Beat Tiger Woods to win PGA Championship despite ranking outside top 100
  • Some called it the biggest sporting upset ever; became national hero in Korea
  • 37-year-old first taught himself golf by watching Jack Nicklaus videos
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(CNN) -- Yang Yong-eun is the Tiger-slayer. The Korean golfer stunned the world by beating Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship earlier this month, on the way becoming the first Asian-born winner of a major golfing event.


Ranked outside of the top 100 before the competition, the 37-year-old Yang has propelled golf in Korea into the international spotlight. Unlike so many pro-golfers, Yang didn't pick up the game until he was 19-years-old and first taught himself how to play by watching Jack Nicklaus videos.

Now a national hero, he tells CNN how he intends to follow up his amazing win.

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