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14-year-old Hsieh Cheng-wei makes history at Yeangder TPC as youngest to make cut in main men's tour event
Teenage amateur Hsieh Cheng-wei may have finished at the wrong end of the post-cut leaderboard in last week's Yeangder TPC, but he will still go into golf's history books as the youngest male player to make the cut on one of the game’s main tours.
Hsieh added a second round 74 to his opening 69 on Friday to reach one-under-par after 36 holes at Linkou International Golf & Country Club in Taipei, making it to the weekend by two shots. At age 14 years and 33 days, the golf phenom from Taipei beat the previous record set by China’s Guan Tian-lang at the 2013 Masters (14 years and 169 days).
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond had held the Asian Tour record having made it through to the weekend at the Asian Tour International in 2010 when he was 14 years and 71 days.
Having played in the morning session on Friday, Hsieh had a long wait to see if one-under would be good enough - which, to the delight of everyone, was the case as the cut came at even-par.
I got nervous towards the end because I wasn’t playing well. I didn’t have much expectation though. I just try to play my best, siad Hiseh, who started playign golf at age four at the Linkou course.
“I started preparing for this tournament after I found out I could play when I won the Yeangder amateur event in June. I have been practising here a lot,” added the youngter, who finished the tournament on seven-over-par 295 (69-74-78-74).
The youngest golfer or either gender to make the cut on one of the main tours is the now-retired Michelle Wie, who was 13 years, 5 months and 17 days when she progressed to the weekend at the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship.