Poor Brooke and Claire.
But you never know. The Lyns were Yielded and still come in second.
The Yield cannot be compared to the U-turn. The U-turn is 100% lethal while the Yield rarely eliminated the yielded team.
It was usually worse for the Yielder. Remember when Bj and Tyler yielded Mojo and finished last. Or in the leg you mentioned D/K finished in last after yielding "the lyns". Or when Oswald and Danny yielded Eric and Danielle and finished in last. Or when Adam & Rebecca yielded Freddy and Kendra and finished after them. Maybe Charla and Mirna were right about "yield karma."
The so-called "Lethality" of the U-Turn is an exaggeration, let us examine.
S12- 2 U-Turns. Lorena and Jason (Who started a significant way behind) get U-Turned by a paranoid Shana and Jennifer. Lorena and Jason had not seen another team all day, so they were staring down the barrel of elimination anyway. The 2nd U-Turn (Kynt & Vyxsin -> Nick & Don) was wasted.
S13- No U-Turns used.
S14- 2 U-Turns played. Margie and Luke hit Amanda and Kris with a Blind U-Turn, and Amanda and Kris are unable to complete the 2nd Detour quickly enough to remain competitive in the leg. In the other Kisha and Jen complete their U-Turn in 3rd (of 4) and remain ahead of Jamie and Cara until a bad taxi and a million dollar pee break cause their demise. While the U-Turn certainly assisted in the comeback of the redheads, it cannot be held entirely responsible for it.
S15- Lance and Keri play a Blind U-Turn on Sam and Dan, who were ahead of them at the time. The U-Turn goes unaired.
S16- Joe and Heidi get U-Turned by Mike and Louie. Joe spends some time being bitter about it, then they go try the now-infamous morse code task, which they cannot complete. I believe had they been able to, they may have been spared. (I also believe that it is excellent strategy to force a team to complete a task that by all accounts was nearly impossible.)
Carol and Brandy get U-Turned by Brent and Caite. They spend even more time being bitter about it than Bitters McBitterson when he heard that Fosters group had come up with Victoria Bitter. They also finish last, well behind.
Season 17 has a double U-Turn. What exactly comes of it remains to be seen.
The current numbers have the U-Turn actually forcing a team into last place at (currently) 60% (3/5), while the Yield sits at 30% (4/12). Due to the significantly smaller sample size for the U-Turn to draw from, such fluctuations are to be expected. I think the U-Turn is no more deadly than the Yield.
Also noteworthy- A team that was on the receiving end of the Yield has only been eliminated ONCE
(Danielle and Dani) For some reason, CBS loved pairing them up with NEL's