How big was Y.E. Yang's win in South Korea? Big enough to earn a congratulatory call from the country's President:
President Lee Myung-bak gave a call to Yang and conveyed his congratulations on his victory, which he said boosted Koreans' morale.
"I woke up early to watch the broadcast and you played well, in a calm manner," Lee told Yang, according to presidential spokesman Lee Dong-kwan.
"You have overcome hardships to earn a great victory. You boosted the Korean people's morale by winning the major event for the first time as an Asian."
And when Yang goes home, he'll be given a huge welcome by the Korean PGA, which said the organization is planning to hold a large welcoming ceremony for him.
Given South Korea's difficulties in the face of the global recession, its never-ending troubles with its northern totalitarian neighbor and the recent death of an ex-president, one can gain a bit of perspective from the president of the country taking the time to congratulate an athlete for his success.