In this photo released by OneAsia, twelve-year-old Chinese amateur golfer Ye Wocheng watches the flight of his shot during the first round of China Open golf tournament at Tianjin Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin, China on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Ye has become the youngest player ever to compete in a European Tour event, shooting a 7-over 79 on Thursday in the first round of the China Open. (AP Photo/OneAsia, Paul Lakatos)
12-year-old makes history at China Open, shoots 79
The Associated Press
First Published May 02 2013 08:47 am • Last Updated May 03 2013 12:19 am
Tianjin, China • While 12-year-old Ye Wocheng was making history Thursday at the China Open, Robert-Jan Derksen was making birdies.
Ye became the youngest player to compete on the European Tour, shooting a 7-over 79 in the first round with a 40-yard chip-in for bogey on his 15th hole.
Derksen shot a 66 to take a two-stroke lead. The 39-year-old Dutchman had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch from the sixth. He added two more on the final three holes at the Binhai Golf Club course.
At 12 years, 242 days, Ye broke the previous record held by Guan Tianlang, who was 13 years, 177 days when he played at last year’s China Open. Guan made history last month when he became the youngest to compete in the Masters at 14.
Defending champion Branden Grace (74) struggled early but birdied three of his final five holes.
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