Yang goes out fast, finishes slow

Y.E. Yang of South Korea lines up a putt on the ninth green during the second round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.

Y.E. Yang of South Korea lines up a putt on the ninth green during the second round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.

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Y.E. Yang took to Twitter before the second round at the Masters, telling the world that he had just chowed down on some Korean rice for breakfast.

His wife had to improvise, as Yang's appetite left her a bit short on breakfast food around the house.

Much like his breakfast, Yang burned up his birdies early on Friday, blitzing the front nine with a 2-under 34, but a poor putt on No. 10 sent Yang's putter into a sputter and he had to settle for even par and a share of fourth place.

"My confidence was a bit dwindling, and overall, I just couldn't gauge my distance and my putts started to shake a bit," said Yang, whose best finish at the Masters was a T-8 in 2010. "I think overall, the 10th hole green cost me a lot today."

Yang birdied Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 8 to roar out and take the early lead away from Alvaro Quiros and Rory McIlroy. But back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 9 and 10 sent him into a tailspin.

"I am a little disappointed compared to yesterday," said Yang, who shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday. "But there is a lot of golf left."

For the second straight day, a poor drive on No. 17 left Yang scrambling to avoid falling further down the leaderboard. Asked if his three-putt on the par-3 16th hole affected him moving onto the 17th tee, Yang wasn't ready to go that far.

"I don't think it affected me psychologically," said Yang. "I have had stiffness in my left shoulder that makes it tough toward the end of the round."

With Yang sticking around for the weekend, he might want his wife to stock up on some more breakfast food.

"Yeah, it's good to have my family and my wife cooking. It feels like home, and especially with the kids running around," said Yang.

Now, if he could get his putts to stop running he might repeat his improbable 2009 PGA Championship victory over Tiger Woods.

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