Yang the History Man
"It had to happen some time," was the phrase that paid after the final major of 2009 because it could be attached to whichever of the outcomes one felt was the more significant.
As Y.E. Yang completed his stunning victory over Tiger Woods what was the bigger question? Was it that an Asian born man had at last won a major, or was it that Woods had at last surrendered a final day lead?
Which is more significant, the impact of Yang's win on the Far Eastern golfing market or the news that Woods' game is susceptible to final day pressure?
It's hard to know and in all honesty it is difficult to predict what will be the fallout from this extraordinary 91st PGA Championship.
Woods expressed surprise that it was Yang that finally made the breakthrough for Asian men in the game's biggest events, but wasn't at all shocked that a major title is heading East to uncharted territory.
"If anyone thought it would have been a Korean player, people probably would have suspected it to be KJ Choi because he's played well for such a long period of time," Woods said.
"We've had a lot of great players over the years, starting with Jumbo (Ozaki) and Isao (Aoki) has come close. It was just a matter of time."
Korean and Japanese players dominate the women's tour and Yang's victory can serve as a springboard within the men's game.
It was a thrilling win. Yang went out and won the Championship, chipping in at the fourteenth for eagle and still under pressure compiled a superb birdie at the last to seal victory.
It was storybook stuff that is sure to inspire many a youngster to take up the game.
This will simply add momentum to an already healthy golfing bandwagon and despite Yang's heroics long term the biggest player in this process is likely to be Japan's 17-year-old Ryo Ishikawa.
On his PGA debut, the youngster completed all four rounds with the closing 18 holes played in the company of Phil Mickelson.
Ishikawa leads an army of photographers and media wherever he goes. "I've come to expect it with Ryo," Mickelson said. "He's a wonderful player and obviously very popular in Japan. And he handles throngs of people around him all the time.
"He does a great job. He's a classy guy," Mickelson added after Ishikawa's 72 left the Japanese player at eight over par.
Mickelson, the world number two, has never been able to do what Yang did to the man who heads the world rankings. Indeed, no leading player has been able to beat Woods when he's been in contention on the final day of a major.
Each time Woods has been runner up it has been to a relative outsider. Last year it was to Trevor Immelman at the Masters and Zach Johnson the year before. He was tied second at the 2007 US Open behind Angel Cabrera and second to Michael Campbell in 2005.
And most pertinently at Hazeltine in 2002 it was the unheralded Rich Beem who ultimately played him into second place.
But in all those instances Woods didn't surrender a lead going into the final round. That 14 for 14 thing is done and dusted now, players know he can be overhauled.
Woods was bitterly disappointed to lose his chance to win a record-equalling fifth USPGA and 15th major here but he'll be equally upset to lose a record that haunted the rest of the golfing world.
But don't be surprised to see him bounce back stronger at next year's majors. Already his record coming back from knee surgery is nothing sort of astonishing with five PGA Tour wins. In all three American majors he contended, only at Turnberry did he have a shocker.
Woods' putting in the final round at Hazeltine was what let him down. He had 33 stabs with the short stick and for once failed to make the ones he usually does on the last day of a big tournament.
So it's his first blank year in the majors since 2004, but it would be a huge surprise if he doesn't add to his tally next year.
2009 was the year of the underdog, the coulda, shoulda, woulda season. Kenny Perry could have won the Masters, Mickelson should have won the US Open and Tom Watson would have won the Open but for events on the final green.
Had those three seen the job through it would have been entirely appropriate for Woods to round off the major season with victory.
Instead, with Cabrera, Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink having taken their places in golfing history, it seems spot on that the USPGA title should head in an unlikely direction, even to a man ranked 110 in the world.
Yang did it in style too. Great game, golf, isn't it?