Kuang Yang becomes second-youngest player to make cut on European Tour
Kuang Yang shines at China Open to become second-youngest player to make cut in European Tour event at 14
- Kuang Yang made history after a dazzling second round at the Volvo China Open
- He became the second-youngest player to make a cut in a European Tour event
- Yang made it right on the mark thanks to saving par from 12 feet on the 18th hole
- China’s Wu Ashun claimed the halfway lead with 13-under at Genzon Golf Club
Kuang Yang became the second-youngest player to make the cut in a European Tour event at 14 after the teenage amateur produced a sensational second round at the Volvo China Open.
China’s Wu Ashun claimed the halfway lead after he added a second round of 65 to his opening 66 at Genzon Golf Club to finish 13 under par, two shots ahead of Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen, who returned a 68 on Friday.
The halfway cut fell at two under par and China’s Kuang made it right on the mark thanks to saving par from 12 feet on the 18th to card a second-consecutive 71.
Kuang Yang became the second-youngest player to make the cut in a European Tour event
Kuang made it right on the mark thanks to saving par from 12 feet on the 18th to card a 71
At 14 years, six months and 12 days old, Kuang narrowly missed out on being the youngest player to make the cut in a European Tour event, Guan Tianlang playing all four rounds at the 2013 Masters despite being penalised for slow play at Augusta National.
‘I’m really happy, it’s amazing,’ Kuang said.
‘I was really nervous on 18 as it is a long putt for me but it went in and I’m so happy. There are not enough words to describe the feeling.
‘Although my putting was better and my game was better than yesterday, the score was the same. I’m just so happy and want to thank my mum, my dad, my head teacher and members of my family for all their support.’
Wu Ashun claimed the halfway lead after he added a second round of 65 to his opening 66
Wu, who is seeking a second victory in his national Open after lifting the title in 2015, carded eight birdies and a solitary bogey in his 65 and said: ‘It was a great day again today. I hit a lot of quality shots today and made a lot of birdies. I’m very happy.
‘I hit a bad tee shot on five and I had a headache there again because I made a bogey there yesterday too. During the season break I took some time off to evaluate my game. I made some swing changes and it got better and better.’
Spain’s Jorge Campillo, who is seeking back-to-back victories after claiming his maiden European Tour title in Morocco last week, is three shots off the pace following a 69, with France’s Victor Dubuisson part of a six-strong group two strokes further back.
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