Hsieh Cheng-wei became the youngest player in history to make the cut on one of the leading male professional circuits with his performance at the Asian Tour’s Yeangder TPC.
At just 14 years and 33 days old, the amateur from Chinese Taipei fired rounds of 69 and 74 to post a one-under total and make it through to the weekend at his home course of Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
The previous record was held by China’s Tianlang Guan, who famously made the cut at the 2013 Masters when he was 14 years and 169 days old despite being assessed a controversial one-stroke penalty for slow play on the penultimate hole of his second round.
Hsieh trails halfway leader Chapchai Nirat by 10 shots, following the 39-year-old’s 64 on Friday. Locked in a four-way tie for second is America’s Berry Henson, who took to Twitter to congratulate his fellow competitor.
Despite the magnitude of his achievement, Hsieh admitted he struggled during his second round, adding that nerves nearly got the better of him as two late bogeys threatened to derail his bid to make history.
“My calculations weren’t accurate today,” the 14-year-old told AsianTour.com. “I didn’t putt well. Didn’t hit it well off the tee especially on the back nine. It’s not that tough out there.
“I just didn’t play my best game. I got nervous towards the end because I wasn’t playing well. I didn’t have much expectation though. I just tried to play my best.”