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One happened in Tokyo in 1990, the other in Minnesota in 2009. One marked the beginning of the end for the predominate athlete of his sport, the question now is, did the other also mark the end of dominance for Tiger Woods.
Mike Tyson’s reputation seemed to intimidate opponents before they even stepped into the ring. Before the fight in Tokyo, Tyson was unbeaten as a professional and routinely knocked his foes out in the first round.
That all changed 35 seconds into the 10th round when massive underdog Buster Douglas knocked Tyson out for the first time in his career, cementing one of the greatest upsets in boxing. It was a knockout Tyson would never completely recover from.
Tyson would go on to win subsequent fights and even regain a title for a brief time. But the man who some thought early in his career would be considered the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time had become a punching bag both in and out of the ring.
Yet for the second time in as many tournaments an unheralded player stood up to the pressure and prevailed.
South Korean Yang Yong-eun turned the golfing world on its head with his astonishing three-shot victory over Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship, sparking immediate speculation about the world number one’s apparently diminished aura of invincibility.
For the first time in his illustrious career, Woods lost a major after holding the lead going into the final round, having previously won a perfect 14 times out of 14.
Yang Yong-eun’s shock win at the PGA Championship ended an embarrassing drought in major championships for the male of the species in staunchly patriarchal South Korea, where men are men and the women — well, the women play golf.
Since Pak Se-ri’s trailblazing triumphs at the US Women’s Open and LPGA Championship in 1998, South Korean women piled up nine more major titles. Before Yang’s victory on Sunday, Korean men had never come close, KJ Choi giving false hope at the 2004 Masters before finishing third.