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Not From The Onion Files: "12-year-old Ye Wo-cheng fails to impress on debut"

Nice catch by PaddyPower to Tweet this ESPN UK headline on 12-year-old Ye Wo-cheng's 79 in the Volvo China Open:

Ryan Herrington wrote about Wo-cheng's debut as well as the entries of a 15 and 16-year-old in the same event.

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Reader Comments (12)

Of course, breaking 80 on a Tour course at age 12 is not impressive at all. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Wonder what the headline writer would shoot?
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike
He's Chinese. His stated age is about as legit as Danny Almonte's.
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy
I'm not impressed that the headline says, "... on debut" rather than "... in debut".
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
Why is what the headline writer would shoot relevant?
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeeWatson
Ye- ha! I think he did great, and I agree that his age is questionable. None the less, to go out and keep it real on a pro setup course is amazing.

Good for him.
05.2.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I'm in China at the moment calling the Open for FOX, and having met and watched the kid you can hardly be unimpressed. Really solid swing, great short game. And lets not forget, he didn't just get an invite to get in, he led the qualifying event! There are a bunch of teenagers playing- the 15 year old Dou ze-cheng is currently in the top 10 as I write. China's emergence as a major force in the world of golf will be the biggest story in the game over the next 10 years, make no mistake about it.
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrant
If that kid is 12 then I'm 34. I'd set the O/U at 16. And let's certainly hope that China doesn't become "major force" that would really suck. Just look at the Korean robots on the LPGA. They might be worse for the game than slow play.
05.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJack Roe
Jeremy and Jack. You contend he's not 12. Did you make this judgement based on meeting the guy or seeing his birth certificate? Or seeing a picture? And what is in it for him to say he is younger than he is? If he wants to play on the PGATour he should say he's older not younger.
I think anyone playing in a pro tournament is fair game for any headline. Calling a spade a spade is not bashing. When a "12 year old" qualifies for a spot in these tournaments, he should be treated just like any other player. We shouldn't be raising banners to the kid for breaking 80. 79 is a terrible score. If we're going to cheer him for breaking 80, then he might as well not even be playing. The head to toe Nike gear is even worse.

Don't mean to sound overly grumpy here, but I've seen enough guys get trophies for finishing last. It's time for that to end.
05.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
The head to toe gear doesn't bother me. He's 12. He's probably a Tiger fan. Assuming he went out and bought all these clothes himself, then so what. As for the score: 79 sucks. I think the interest is not in his chance to win now, but what the future holds for him in the future.
05.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
Guess what Jack. The kid is 12, and looks twelve in person. He's about 5' 8". His coach is an old friend, and has worked with him for a few years.
05.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrant

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