02/05/2013 04:36 BST

Ye Wo-Cheng Becomes Youngest Golfer To Play On European Tour

Ye Wo-Cheng has become the youngest player in the history of golf to compete on the European Tour at the Chinese Open, aged 12 years and 242 days old.

The Chinese hit an impressive first round seven over par 79, breaking compatriot Guan Tianlang's record of 13 years and 177 days.

Guan, 14, became the youngest player to make the cut in a major when he debuted at the US Masters last month.

Prior to his 18 holes, the Ye said: "My main aim this week is just to go out there and enjoy it," he said. "I don't really want to think too much about the result."

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Starting from the 10th, Ye opened with three pars before recovering from his first bogey on the 13th with a birdie on the next, while further dropped shots at the 16th and 17th took him to the turn in 38.

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It was harder work on the back nine however, with five bogeys and four pars leaving him in a tie for 146th place midway through the first round.

Ye will likely miss the cut after carding eight bogeys and just one birdie in his round, however given he is not even a teenager yet, the potential is obvious.

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