Just when you thought golf couldn’t get any younger, along comes Ye Wocheng.
The 12-year-old from China will make European Tour history this week, regardless of whether he makes the cut at the Volvo China Open.
At 12 years and 242 days, Ye is about 10 months younger than Guan Tianlang was when he played in this event last year. Of course, Guan has gone on to make even more history, making the cut at both the Masters (14 years, 169 days) and last week’s Zurich Classic.
The youngest player to make the cut in a regular European Tour event – Masters not included – is Jason Hak, who was 14 years and 304 days when he played in the Hong Kong Open in November 2008. Hak is now a freshman at Georgia Tech.
Ye qualified for this event through an open qualifier in March, when he shot 2-under 142 to earn one of the three available spots.