Y.E. Yang hopes to create history by becoming the first Korean to win the Ballantine's Championship.
The sixth edition will be the first event to be played in Korea on the Asian Tour this season and is once again sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Korea PGA.
No Korean has won the Ballantine's Championship since the event was inaugurated in 2008 but like his history-making feat when he became the first Asian to win a Major at the PGA Championship in 2009, Yang is determined to etch his place in the record books again.
"As a Korean player and as an individual, I think that I could have done better. So this time around, I'm going to do my best so that we can take the trophy," said Yang who posted his best result at the Ballantine's Championship last year where he finished tied-15th." he said according to a press release.
Based in the United States, Yang signaled his intentions to end the Korean drought at the Ballantine's Championship by arriving home early so that he can prepare himself well.
"I normally arrive on the Monday or late Sunday night for an event. But this time around, I made sure that I'll be in Korea early so that I can overcome my jet lag, enjoy the Korean food and have a good rest so that I can be in terrific condition for the tournament," said Yang.
He have to contend with Austria's Bernd Wiesberger who is determined to put up a stout defence of his title which he won in emphatic fashion 12 months ago, sinking a 20-feet birdie putt on the last hole to seal a five-stroke win over Scotland's Richie Ramsay.
The Ballantine's Championship was established in 2008 and builds on Ballantine’s long-standing association with golf.
In addition to the Championship, Ballantine's sponsors several top-flight players and events, as well as invests in grass-roots activity such as the Golf Fund in China and the Road to the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea.