A 12-year-old Chinese golfer has made history after he has become the youngest ever players to feature on the pro-tour.

Ye Wocheng became the youngest participate of the European Tour after he featured in the first-round of the China Open.

The 12-year-old finished seven-over-par after going around the course in 70 shots, which is an incredible achievement for a 12-year-old.

The schoolboy had to qualify in order to compete in the tournament but he did that successfully and he now becomes the youngest ever golfer to feature on the tour.

Wocheng has now followed in Andy Zhang and Guan Tianlang's footsteps as the Chinese teenagers take on the European Tour.

Zhang featured in the 2012 US Open aged just 14, while Tianlang played in the Masters at the tender age of 14 becoming the youngest to ever play in the Masters.

Wocheng is a two-time winner of the US Kids Junior World Championship and he actually beat the course record of 12-under-par, which was previously held by no other than golf superstar, Tiger Woods.

Ye is coached by Englishman David Watson and he believes the Chinese star has the chance to be one of the greats in the game and hailed his opening six holes during the China Open.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the Englishman added: "The first six holes were fantastic and if we'd finished then we would have been even par, but then the wind started to pick up a bit.

"He was actually hitting the ball quite well and long - he got his distance out there up to around 260, 270 yards - but when he came across a cross-wind he just didn't have the power unfortunately, because he's 12.

"If there's no wind he's up there competing with them all, there's no doubt about it."

Watson then revealed he has high hope for the youngster:

"Ye can go a long way, because he's starting to break records now and if you look at what [world numbers one and two] Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have achieved over the years, what he has done wasn't even achieved by them as an amateur.

Golf was actually banned in China back in the 1980s, but it now a very popular sport in the country as over 23,000 young players have gone through their national golf association's junior golf programme since its launch in 2007.


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