What Were You Doing at 12 Years Old
First it was 14-year-old Guan Tialang last month at the Masters. Now its time for the European Tour to welcome their own young star.
When Ye Wo-cheng tees off at the China Open on Thursday, he'll be the youngest in a European Tour event at 12 years, 242 days.
He's following in the footsteps of Guan Tianlang, who made history last month when he became the youngest to compete in the Masters at 14. He also made the cut, despite a one-stroke penalty for slow play in the second round of the Masters.
Ye is the latest young Chinese player making his way to the world stage at Binhai Lake club, 65 miles south east of Beijing.
Also in the field is 14-year-old Andy Zhang, the youngest to play in the U.S. Open last year, and Jim Liu, the youngest winner of the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2010 at 14.
Ye qualified for the China Open, rallying from a late double bogey to lock up the last qualifying spot. Despite his age, Ye has already had some impressive international victories, including success in the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Kids World Championship. Last year, he was runner-up, and holds the tournament record of 12-under par, lowering the previous record by Tiger Woods. This year, Ye captured the Guangdong Junior Championship by a record 18 strokes.
Remember this name, Ye Wo Cheng. While other 12-year olds are playing in the park with their friends or going to their middle school dance, this young prodigy is looking to achieve greatness at a sport he loves. His dream, at such a young age, is becoming a reality right in front of our eyes. Watch out Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, there's a new kid that's coming to town.