Yang Kuang reached a score of -2 through the first two rounds of Volvo China Open, becoming the youngest go through the cut at the European Tour.
Par score from a distance of seven meters on hole 18 helped Yang Kuang have the second round consecutively to achieve a score of -1 and temporarily ranks 55th. With a total of -2 points, Chinese golfers become the youngest person to cross the cut at a European Tour system (excluding major). Yang Kuang entered history when he was 14, 6 months and 12 days. Yang Kuang has four birdies and three bogeys in the China Open second round.
The young Chinese golfer can’t say any words to describe his feeling. The list of people that Yang Kuang thanks is the golfer’s homeroom teacher, who allowed Yang to attend the tournament at Genzon Club after completing the mid-term test.
Yang is still in middle school and has only about 15 to 20 hours of golf practice each week. 14-year-old Golfer won a ticket to the China Open by winning the China Junior Match Play Championship last December. In the China Open this year, Yang even had eagle in the first round. The leader of this tournament is Yang’s senior, Chinese golfer Wu Ashen, with -12 points.
This is the second time in this decade that China has a young golfer that resonates around the world. The old record of the European Tour belonged to Guan Tianlang – who played at the China Open at 13 years and 177 days old. In 2013, Guan Tianlang became the youngest player to play in Masters, the youngest golfer to cut the major Masters, at the age of 14 and 5 months. Guan used to be highly regarded by Tiger Woods. 20-year-old Golfer currently plays for the University of Arizona golf team.
In 2016, Ye Wochen was the youngest player in history to play at the China Open when he was 12 years and 8 months old, but could not bring surprise. During the first day of the China Open, Ye hit 79 strokes – exceeding 7 strokes compared to the standard total (par 72). This is not really a complaint because Ye is a middle school student in China anyway.