NORTH CAROLINA: Fourteen-year-old Kuang Yang on Friday became the youngest player to make the cut at a regular European Tour event.
Kuang sank a clutch 18-foot putt at the final hole to advance to the final two rounds at the China Open in Genzon.
A look of relief on his face after the putt dropped turned into a broad smile as the magnitude of his achievement sunk in.
Kuang shot consecutive rounds of one-under-par 71 and was one of three amateur players from China to make the cut, joined by 15-year-old Chen Guxin and 17-year-old Liang Enqi.
Kuang, a natural left-hander who plays right-handed, the opposite of Phil Mickelson, says that for now golf plays second fiddle to his studies.
“I am still young, so school is still my main focus,” he said before the tournament.
Kuang is aged 14 years, six months – a month older than Guan Tianlang, who made the cut at the 2013 Masters.
Another Chinese player, battle-hardened professional Wu Ashun, was the halfway leader at the China Open at 11-under 131.