Having broken Guan Tianlang's record this week at the Volvo China Open as the youngest to ever tee it up in a European Tour event, 12-year-old Ye Wocheng was unable to match Guan's recent ability to make the weekend.
While Guan remarkably made the cut at both the Masters and Zurich Classic of New Orleans last month, Ye missed the cut after consecutive rounds of 7-over 79 at Binhai Lake Golf Club. The pre-teen sensation, who earned one of three spots available in an open qualifier in March, began his round strongly Friday with eight straight pars, but was undone by a Nos. 12-14, a three-hole stretch that he played in 4 over en route to a back-nine 42.
With the cut falling at even-par 144, Ye missed by a wide margin, but nevertheless leaves the event with a bit of history and likely invaluable experience. At 12 years, 242 days old, he became the youngest-ever to play on the European Tour Thursday, surpassing the record of Guan, who was 13 years, 177 days old when he played in this event a year ago.
While Ye did not advance to the weekend, another young amateur was able to put together an impressive round for the second consecutive day. Ze-cheng Dou, who at 16 years old could be viewed as a mentor to the younger Ye, backed up his opening 2-under 70 with an even-par 72 Friday to easily make the cut. At 2-under 142, Dou is tied for 36th among the 156-man field after 36 holes, alongside Rafael Cabrera-Bello among others, and one shot clear of a group that notably includes Thomas Bjorn, Edoardo Molinari and Alexander Noren.