Became the first Major champion to compete at European Tour Qualifying School in 2016, and claimed the 14th card at Final Stage to regain his European Tour playing rights. Made history at the US PGA Championship in 2009, when he became the first Asian Major winner and the first man to come from behind to beat Tiger Woods in the final round of a Major. His three-stroke victory over Woods at Hazeltine made him only the then third European Tour Member, after Vijay Singh and Padraig Harrington, to win the US PGA Championship. It was his second victory in America in 2009, following the Honda Classic. Ensured he stayed on the title trail in April 2010, when he captured the Volvo China Open in Suzhou – the last of his three European Tour victories. The first came in the 2007 HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, where he held off an elite field, including the chasing pack of Major winners Michael Campbell, Retief Goosen and Woods, to win by two shots. Immediately took up European Tour Membership and thus went to the top of the Order of Merit, eventually finishing 28th. It was his third victory during the 2006 calendar year, following earlier successes in Japan and his native Korea. Voted Korean PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1997 and, prior to winning the HSBC Champions, plied his trade on the Japan Golf Tour, winning four times from 2004. Only the third Korean to win on the European Tour, following in the footsteps of KJ Choi and Charlie Wi.