Yang Kuan, 14, becomes second youngest to make European Tour cut

It was a day to remember for 14-year-old Yang Kuang, who showed nerves of steel to make the cut at the China Open.

Yang Kuang became the second youngest player in history to make the cut at a European Tour event.   -  Getty Images

Yang Kuang said there are "not enough words to describe the feeling" after the 14-year-old drained a putt at the last to make the cut at the China Open.

Aged just 14 years, six months and 12 days, the teenager became the second youngest player in history to make the cut at a European Tour event.

It required nerves beyond his fledgling years to do so, with Yang rolling in a 13-footer to remain at two under par for the tournament and book a place for the weekend at Genzon Golf Club.

Playing partners Louis de Jager and Kodai Ichihara offered their congratulations to Yang, who was barely able to comprehend the achievement.

"I'm really happy, it's amazing," he said in quotes reported by the European Tour. 

"I was really nervous on 18 as it is a long putt for me but it went in and I'm too happy - there are not enough words to describe the feeling.


"Although my putting was better and my game was better than yesterday, the score is the same. I'm just so happy and want to thank my mum, my dad, my headteacher and members of my family for all their support."

Kuang's heroics have only been eclipsed in history by another Chinese golfing prodigy, Guan Tianlang, who was just one month younger when he made the cut at the 2013 US Masters.

Wu Ashun leads the tournament by two strokes at 13 under par through the opening two rounds.

Three-time European Tour winner Wu shot a seven-under 65 to head into the weekend as the man to catch on 13 under at Genzon Golf Club. Wu came up with eight birdies and had just the one blemish, the solitary bogey coming at the fifth after he had been given a free drop when his tee shot ended up in a bush.

The world number 229, winner of this tournament four years ago, took the clubhouse lead and remained out in front.

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