17 Apr 2013

Guan's record set to topple in China

6:46 pm on 17 April 2013

China's Guan Tianlang making the cut for the Masters golf tournament at the age of 14 was scarcely believable - but now a boy aged only 12 is set to become the youngest ever player on the European Tour.

The precocious pre-teen named Ye Wocheng will lower Guan's record when he tees off at the China Open in two weeks.

It comes just a year after Guan played the same event in Tianjin aged 13 and 177 days. He followed that with a bravura performance at Augusta National, finishing with the Silver Cup as the Masters' top-placed amateur.

Should 12-year-old Ye make the cut, he will easily outdo Hong Kong's Jason Hak, who became the youngest player to reach the weekend rounds of a European Tour event, aged 14 and 304 days, at the 2008 Hong Kong Open.