12-year-old Ye to become youngest on European Tour

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Associated Press

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 11:00 AM

TIANJIN, China (AP) — A Chinese golf prodigy will set the record for the youngest player in a European Tour event.

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 follows Guan Tian-lang, who made history last month when he became the youngest to compete in the Masters and make the cut.

The Dongguan schoolboy will be 287 days younger than compatriot Guan, who was 13 years, 177 days when he competed in last year's China Open.

Ye qualified for the China Open, rallying from a late double bogey to secure the last of four qualifying places.

His coach, Englishman David Watson, says his ability to listen and respond "is way above the norm."

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