Nothing lost in translation
Caddy Montecinos is having fun working the bag of Yang despite the language barrier
There was a moment Sunday afternoon when caddy A.J. Montecinos didn't mind yielding control of Y.E. Yang's golf bag.
It was when Yang raised the bag over his head to celebrate his thrilling victory over Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship victory at Hazeltine.
"It was like at the Honda [Classic in March] when he ran around and high-fived everyone," Montecinos said on the "Waddle & Silvy" show on ESPN 1000. "I didn't know he was going to [lift the bag]. It made my heart smile.
"He always has something different. When the general public gets to know this guy, they're going to fall in love with him. He is an unbelievable person, period. Regardless of golf."
Montecinos, 35, is a Chicago native who first worked with Yang, 37, in 2007. And despite the fact Yang, who is South Korean, doesn't speak fluent English, the pair is communicating very successfully.
"It's not very [difficult]," Montecinos said. "He understands a lot more than we give him credit for.
"He comes up to the ball and says, 'What thinking?' I tell him what I'm thinking, how far it is to the edgey, which is the front edge. He says, '7 ok?' I say, 'Yeah.' He says, 'Windy, where from?' I tell him, and we go."
Montecinos said he and Yang had a good time Sunday despite the pressure of facing Woods, who had never lost a major when leading going into the final round -- until now.
"Yang has beaten Tiger before, in '06 at the HSBC in China," Montecinos said. "Yang is a world-class player.
"We get along, and I feel I'm most comfortable in situations like that. So I felt really good. We had a good time. It was just awesome that it turned out the way it did."
91st PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
The drama was gripping. The battle between Y.E. Yang and Tiger Woods compelling. So did Yang win the 91st PGA or did Tiger lose it? The truth lies somewhere in between. Gene WojciechowskiCourse: Hazeltine National Golf Club
Where: Chaska, Minn.
Yardage/Par: 7,674 yards, par-72
2009 champion: Y.E. Yang