12-year-old misses European Tour cut in China
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Ye Wocheng, the 12-year-old who made history Thursday in becoming the youngest player to compete on the European Tour, shot consecutive 79s to miss the cut at the Volvo China Open in Tianjin, China.
At 12 years, 242 days, Wocheng broke the previous record held by Tianlang Guan, who was 13, 177 days when he played in the 2012 China Open. Guan made history at the 2013 Masters when he became the youngest to compete at 14 years old.
During two rounds, Wocheng made one birdie, 13 bogeys and one double bogey on the 7,378-yard layout at Binhai Lakes GC.
Only one amateur, Zecheng Dou, made the cut with rounds of 70-72. Dou is No. 199 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and made it to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2012. Dou missed all 28 fairways in the first and second round, but his scrambling stat of 31/36 is impressive.
Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, finished at 3-over 147 to miss the cut by three shots. The Stanford signee fired a 7-over 77 in the first round, but bounced back with a 2-under 70.
Liu struggled coming in, in the first round. He triple bogeyed No. 12, double bogeyed Nos. 13 and 17. His lone birdie on the back nine was at No. 14. Coming in, Liu finished at 6-over 42.
Other amateurs who missed the cut: Cheng Jin (77-75), Yan Wei Liu (81-76), Zheng Kai Bai (83-75), Wo Cheng Ye (79-79), Xue Wen Luo (80-78) and Zi Hao Chen (81-79).