12-year-old qualifies for European Tour event

Ye Wocheng
Ye Wocheng is the latest phenom to break the record for youngest player in a big pro tour event.
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Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 11:51 a.m.

Now this is getting ridiculous.

A 12-year-old Chinese boy will become the youngest player to compete in a European Tour event in May after he qualified for the Volvo China Open this week.
 
Ye Wocheng finished third in one of the tournament’s four 36-hole regional qualifiers. He carded a 4-under 68 Wednesday despite three-putting his last two holes at the Wolong Valley Country Club, and had a 2-over 74 on Tuesday to finish three shots behind Jin Daxing and Li Xinyang with a two-round total of 142

Ye, a member of the Hillview Golf Club in Dongguan, is set to break the record held by Guan Tianlang, who was 13 when he played in the same Volvo China Open last year.

Ye’s apparently no fluke – a couple years ago, he dominated the boys' 9- and 10-year-old division of the San Diego Junior Masters Championship, winning by seven shots. The photo above is of that trophy presentation.

Guan won his age group in that event as well, and has gone on to greater success. He won the Asia-Pacific Amateur last year, and will play in the Masters next month. So Ye still has something to shoot for.

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