Chinese Schoolboy, 12, Becomes Youngest Ever To Qualify For Golf's European Tour

14/08/2014 16:48 | Updated 22 May 2015
Chinese schoolboy, 12, becomes youngest ever to qualify for golf's European Tour

Watch out Rory McIlroy – there's an even younger kid on the tee! Twelve-year-old schoolboy Ye Wocheng is to become the youngest ever player to compete in a European Tour event.

The Chinese wonderkid finished third in the Volvo China Open, one of the four 36-hole regional qualifiers for the event.

Ye, a member of the Hillview Golf Club in Dongguan, is set to break the record held by Guan Tianlang, who was 13 when he played in the China Open last year.

Ye said he was nervous at the event, but he didn't show it as he birdied the first two holes to move into the lead at 7 under.

"I couldn't have got off to a much better start," he said.

"I actually slept very well last night, so I was really looking forward to the round. My dad told me to just relax and enjoy it, but it was actually quite a nerve-wracking day."

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