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Old Man Guan Joined By Young Buck In China
China's Guan Tianlang may have made the world stand up with his barley believable showing at Augusta but it seems the world of golf stands still for no-one.
Following the 14 year old’s miraculous Masters performance, where he made the cut and was crowned the tournaments top amateur, the teenage sensation reportedly went home to do his homework. However as an elder statesman he might have to give one of his competitors in the Volvo China Open a hand with theirs when he’s joined by 12 year old countryman Ye Wocheng in a fortnight’s time.
Tournament organisers have confirmed the pre-teen Wocheng is set to break Guan’s record as the European Tour's youngest ever player when festivities tee of at Tianjin Binhai Lake Golf Club on May 02nd.
Wocheng’s record breaking presence comes just a year after Guan played the same event in Tianjin aged 13 and 177 days.
Should 12-year-old Ye make the cut, he will easily outdo Hong Kong's Jason Hak, who became the youngest player to reach the weekend rounds of a European Tour event, aged 14 and 304 days, at the 2008 Hong Kong Open.
In Tianjin, the tween will compete for the spotlight with a group of ultra-young Chinese players, including Guan and Andy Zhang, who became the youngest US Open competitor last year at the age of 14.
Bai Zhengkai, 15, is also in the field, thanks to his victory in last year's Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship, as is America's Jim Liu, who in 2010 became the youngest US Junior Amateur champion at the age of 14.