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Preview: Volvo China Open

 

12-year-old Ye to become youngest on European Tour

TIANJIN, China (AP) A Chinese golf prodigy will set the record for the youngest player in a European Tour event.

When Ye Wo-cheng tees off at the China Open on Thursday, he'll be the youngest in a European Tour event at 12 years, 242 days.

He follows Guan Tian-lang, who made history last month when he became the youngest to compete in the Masters and make the cut.

The Dongguan schoolboy will be 287 days younger than compatriot Guan, who was 13 years, 177 days when he competed in last year's China Open.

Ye qualified for the China Open, rallying from a late double bogey to secure the last of four qualifying places.

His coach, Englishman David Watson, says his ability to listen and respond ``is way above the norm.''

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Volvo China Open field
Felipe AguilarThomas AikenByeong-Hun An
Fredrik Andersson HedKiradech AphibarnratJamie Arnold
Zheng-Kai BaiMatthew BaldwinGaganjeet Bhullar
Thomas BjornRichard BlandMarkus Brier
Kristoffer BrobergAnthony BrownMark Brown
Rafael Cabrera-BelloJorge CampilloYi Cao
Magnus A. CarlssonPaul CaseyChristian Cevaer
Ho-Sung ChoiS.S.P. ChowrasiaRobert Coles
Nick CullenEduardo De La RivaRobert-Jan Derksen
Chris DoakAndrew DodtDavid Drysdale
Victor DubuissonJohan EdforsPeter Erofejeff
Zhi-peng FanNiclas FasthRichard Finch
Oliver FisherTommy FleetwoodOscar Floren
Mark FosterMarcus FraserLorenzo Gagli
Stephen GallacherIgnacio GarridoJean-Baptiste Gonnet
Ricardo GonzalezEstanislao GoyaBranden Grace
Matthew GriffinEmiliano GrilloRen Han
JB HansenSoren HansenAndreas Hartoe
Gregory HavretShao-cai HeZe-yu He
Peter HedblomMichael HendryScott Henry
Rory HieMichael HoeyKeith Horne
David HowellChi Hsien HsiehMu Hu
Wen-Yi HuangMikko IlonenRaphael Jacquelin
Scott JamiesonJun-feng JiaCheng Jin
Da-xing JinHeung-chul JooMaximilian Kieffer
Dae-sub KimSoren KjeldsenEspen Kofstad
Wei-hai KongJbe' KrugerMaarten Lafeber
Moritz LampertJose Manuel LaraPablo Larrazabal
Paul LawriePeter LawrieScott Laycock
Craig LeeHyung-joon LeeHao-Tong Li
Xin-yang LiWen-Chong LiangJim Liu
Yan-Wei LiuChris LloydGary Lockerbie
Joost LuitenXue-wen LuoGareth Maybin
Paul McGinleyDamien McGraneProm Meesawat
Eric MinaEdoardo MolinariJames Morrison
Wolmer MurilloAlexander NorenZheng Ouyang
Gareth PaddisonChris PaisleySang-Hyun Park
John ParryEddie PepperellTerry Pilkadaris
Daniel PopovicPhillip PriceJulien Quesne
Alvaro QuirosRichie RamsayBrett Rumford
Hyun-Woo RyuRicardo SantosGarrett Sapp
Jeev Milkha SinghJoel SjoholmLee Slattery
Andre StolzGraeme StormScott Strange
Dong SuAndy SullivanAlessandro Tadini
Akinori TaniAaron TownsendSimon Wakefield
Justin WaltersPaul WaringMarc Warren
Steve WebsterPeter WhitefordMartin Wiegele
Michael WrightA Shun WuHong-Fu Wu
Wei Huang WuBin YanWo-cheng Ye
Hao YuanTian YuanFabrizio Zanotti
Lian-Wei ZhangXin-Jun ZhangXiong Yi Zhao
Guo-wu Zhou 
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10None0
TOP 25None0
TOP 50Victor Dubuisson (39),Thomas Bjorn (46)2
TOP 100Branden Grace (52),Joost Luiten (60),Stephen Gallacher (61),Kiradech Aphibarnrat (70),Brett Rumford (78),Mikko Ilonen (83),Paul Lawrie (87),Paul Casey (88),Alexander Noren (90),David Howell (98),Pablo Larrazabal (99)11