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12-Year-Old On Qualifying For European Tour Event: “I’ve dreamed of this since I was a boy."

James Corrigan with the story of Ye Wocheng, a 12-year-old who qualified for the Volvo China Open.

Wocheng becomes the youngest golfer to play in a ­European Tour event:

With his father on the bag there were a few nervous moments after firing a four-under 68 on the first day. Ye actually led the field when racing to the turn of his second round with three birdies to take him to seven-under. But he then dropped shots at the 11th and the 14th, before that calamity on the 16th, and it required all of his startling maturity to last until home at the Wolong Valley Country Club. Li Xinyang, who won the qualifier, looked comparatively ancient at 18 years of age.

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Reader Comments (9)

Does Ye use a long putter?
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
@Ivan -

No matter how long it is, it's likely longer than he is.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPepperdine
Without having kids I have a hard time relating to how they think of time.

When I used to coach HS volleyball I had a 16 year old question the defense I put in for a particular team. "I've been playing a LONG time and we've never played this way."

Well I've been playing for 2 years less than you've been alive, was what I wanted to say. Instead I explained how different areas of the floor were covered based on the players on the team.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMattS
It's not his fault, and I wish him all the best, but - this really does not sit well with me. I am certainly not jealous, because I remember all the REAL issues of this age, and would do well to never revisit then, but I was over a dozen years from even playing my first round of golf when I was 12.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
This is pretty cool and amazing. Now there are hazards with this but he'll have this memory the rest of his life at the very worst. Cool to me.

I love the "dreamed of this since I was a boy". He still is a boy!!! Hahahahahahaha

Good luck to him!!
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim
My son's 11...we have some work to do. A lot of work to do.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Matre
Unlike Michelle Wie he actually qualified for a real Tour. As in, had to make an effort and achieve a certain amount. And he has a record that bests one of Tiger's. so it's hard to say keep the kids out of all this. He'll have his reality check and a great memory and in a few years we will see.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Ridiculous. Let the kids play with the kids, plenty of time to grow up.
03.22.2013 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
@Ghillie... Michelle Wie went through LPGA Q-School in 2008 to get her tour card. Stacy Lewis won that Q-School event. What a gigantic world apart those two are today. Perhaps you don't consider the LPGA to be a real tour??
03.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan

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