Ye leads young European Tour record breakers

4/30/2013 11:49:00 AM
Ye Wo-cheng (pic by Richard Castka/Volvo in Golf) ()
Ye Wo-cheng (pic by Richard Castka/Volvo in Golf) ()

When Ye Wo-cheng tees it up at the Volvo China Open on Thursday aged 12 years and 242 days, the Chinese prodigy will become the youngest to play in a European Tour event. Before that, europeantour.com takes a look at the other young names to have made a mark on the top tier of European golf...

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO PLAY IN A EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT
PLAYER AGE EVENT YEAR
**Ye Wo-cheng 12 & 242 days Volvo China Open 2013
**(Once teed –off)
Guan Tian-lang 13 & 177 days Volvo China Open 2012
Shih-kai Lo 13 & 280 days Omega Hong Kong Open 2003
Pedro Figueiredo 13 & 291 days Estoril Open de Portugal 2005
SELECTED OTHER STAR NAMES
Sergio Garcia 15 & 46 days Turespana Open Mediterrania 1995
Nicolas Colsaerts 15 & 251 days TNT Dutch Open 1998
Rory McIlroy 16 & 8 days Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters 2005
Matteo Manassero 16 & 18 days BMW Italian Open 2009
YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO MAKE A CUT  IN A EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT
PLAYER AGE EVENT YEAR
Guan Tian-lang 14 & 169 days Masters Tournament 2013
Jason Hak 14 & 304 days UBS  Hong Kong Open 2009 (Nov 08)
Sergio Garcia 15 & 46 days Turespana Open Mediterrania. 1995
Matthias Schwab 15 & 282 days Austrian GolfOpen  2010
YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO LEAD A EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT
PLAYER AGE EVENT AFTER ROUND
Pablo Martin (AM)* 17 and 6 days 2003 Open de España 3
Matteo Manassero** 17 and 136 days 2010 Omega European Masters 1
Matteo Manassero 17 and 188 days 2010 CASTELLÓ MASTERS Costa Azahar 4
Matteo Manassero 17 and 363 days 2011 Maybank Malaysian Open 4
Danny Lee (AM) 18 and 213 days 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic 4
Noh Seung-yul 18 and 282 days 2010 Maybank Malaysian Open 4
Seve Ballesteros 19 and 121 days 1976 Dutch Open 4
Anders Hultman (AM)* 19 and 146 days 1998 Volvo Scandinavian Masters 1
*Shared the lead
**Had the lead outright
YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO WIN A EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT
PLAYER AGE EVENT
Matteo Manassero 17 and 188 days 2010 CASTELLÓ MASTERS Costa Azahar
Matteo Manassero 17 and 363 days 2011 Maybank Malaysian Open
Danny Lee (AM) 18 and 213 days 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic
Noh Seung-yul 18 and 282 days 2010 Maybank Malaysian Open
Seve Ballesteros 19 and 121 days 1976 Dutch Open
SELECTED OTHERS
Sergio Garcia 19 and 176 days 1999 Murphy's Irish Open
Rory McIlroy 19 and 273 days 2009 Dubai Desert Classic