A 12-year-old Chinese school boy has become the youngest golfer to qualify for a European Tour event.
Ye Wo-cheng wil be teeing it up at the Volvo China Open on May 2 after claiming one of three places on offer at the Western China qualifier. The youngster — who had his father caddy for him — was two under for his two rounds and finished three shots behind the top two finishers.
Ye, from the industrial city of Donggaun in Guangdong province, shot a four-under 68 in one round and at one point reached seven-under midway through his second round before struggling on the back nine and finishing with a 74.
Despite his second round drop, Ye was the only other player to finish under par apart from Li Xinyang and Jin Da Xing — who were five under.
Ye's appearance at Binhai Golf Club in the May event will beat the previous record of 13-year-old Guan Tianlang, who competed there last year. The event is sanctioned by the European Tour.