When it comes to sports, China is alllllll business! They start their kids EARLY, which means we see more and more amazingly talented youngsters hitting the pro-circuits every year!
This time, they've outdone themselves: 12-year-old Ye Wocheng is set to tee off as the youngest player in the history of the European Tour on Thursday! Holy crap! Alongside him will be 15-year-old Bai Zhengkai, and Dou Zecheng at 16 years of age!
"We're always all helping each other out, and turning to one another for advice. I think the main reason for the success of young Chinese players is that we pick up the game at an early age, and we practice really hard. Hopefully that practice can pay off this week."
That's amazing! But it isn't ALL hard work that make Ye talented — his secret weapon is full of luck:
"I always wear my lucky hat out on the course, because it helps me shoot lower. I played really well the first time I wore it, and have worn it ever since. Hopefully the luck continues this week. I'm very happy to be the youngest player on the European Tour, and also a little nervous at the same time. My main aim this week is just to go out there and enjoy it; I don't really want to think too much about the result."
We LOVE that he said he wants to go out and enjoy it! We'll always worry about prodigies getting robbed of being a kid just because they're super good at something adults usually do!
Apparently with Ye, though, it isn't just hard work all the time. He's a bonafide prodigy, having only started his training with Englishman David Watson at age 9. David seems to think that Ye's potential is 'limitless!'
So cool! Good luck, Ye!
[Image via AP Images.]