Pre Teen on European Tour Debut
China's latest golfing wunderkid, Ye Wo-cheng had to settle for a round of 79 as he became the youngest player in European Tour history at the Volvo China Open.
The schoolboy amateur from the southern manufacturing hub of Dongguan became the youngest golfer to qualify for a European Tour event when he sealed a berth at his national open with a strong finish at the Western China qualifier in March.
Ye’s first round in the big-time began solidly on the Binhai Lake Golf Club’s back nine, holding even after five holes, with a birdie on the 14th cancelling out a bogey the previous hole.
But he grafted to the turn at 38 and dropped a further five strokes on his last nine holes, leaving himself with work to do to see weekend action.
Previous record holder Guan Tianlang missed the cut in the same tournament 12 months ago with rounds of 77 and 79 and Ye looks set to suffer the same fate after carding eight bogeys and just one birdie in his round.
However Ye’s 16-year-old Chinese compatriot Dou Ze-cheng carded a two-under-par 70 at Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin to lie just two shots off the early clubhouse lead shared by France's Raphael Jacquelin and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
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