Volvo China Open - R2

Ashun woos Chinese crowds as 14-year-old makes cut

May 02-05
Genzon Golf Club, Shenzhen, China
CNY 20,000,000
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Young Chinese amateur Kuang Yang made history at the 25th edition of the Volvo China Open as the 14-year-old became the second-youngest player to make the cut at a European Tour event, while Wu Ashun continued the joy for the home crowds by taking a two-stroke lead into the weekend.

Ashun woos Chinese crowds as 14-year-old makes cut at Volvo China Open, © Getty Images
Wu Ashun, © Getty Images

“It was a great day again today,” said Wu. “I made eight birdies and one bogey. 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. I enjoy playing at home. It’s a great week as I have my family and friends here with me. It’s a good feeling.”

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The throngs of Chinese fans were witness to an historic moment at Genzon Golf Club as the young amateur holed a nerveless putt on the 18th to become the youngest player to make the cut at a regular European Tour event – outside of the Majors – at 14 years, six months and 12 days.

“I’m really happy – it’s amazing. 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.”

Ashun woos Chinese crowds as 14-year-old makes cut at Volvo China Open, © Getty Images
Kuang Yang & Li Haotong, © Getty Images

Guan Tian-lang remains the youngest in any event to have made the weekend’s play – at the 2013 Masters Tournament, aged 14 years, five months and 16 days.

Wu, meanwhile, was on imperious form as the 2015 Volvo China Open champion carded eight birdies including one to close out his round on the ninth hole, moving to a 13 under total. The three-time European Tour winner’s 65 was the joint best round of the day and he was three clear until Finn Pulkkanen made a flurry of birdies late in the day to sign for a four under 68 and move to 11 under.

“It was a really strong back nine for me today, I made a lot of birdie putts – my putter was hot – so it was a really good day,” said Pulkkanen. “My driving was a little bit off today and I didn’t hit the fairways today so I had to grind it out on the par fives – that didn’t make for many easy birdies – but I’m happy with the round.

“I holed a lot of putts in the dark which was good for me, but on the last hole it was really dark – I hit a bad drive there anyways. I’m going to continue the same for the weekend, I saw that Wu Ashun is leading and I really wanted to play with him in the final group. There are going to be a lot of people so it’s going to be fun.”

A total of ten Chinese players – three of them amateurs – will play over the weekend in the marquee edition of the national open, beating the previous tournament record of seven.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Ashun Wu
CHI
-13
66
65
131
2
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-11
65
68
133
3
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-10
65
69
134
4
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-9
67
68
135
T5
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-8
68
68
136
T5
Romain Langasque
FRA
-8
67
69
136
T5
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-8
68
68
136
T5
Sean Crocker
USA
-8
68
68
136
T5
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-8
70
66
136
T5
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-8
69
67
136
T11
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-7
68
69
137
T11
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-7
70
67
137
T11
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-7
68
69
137
T11
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-7
68
69
137
T11
Jordan Smith
ENG
-7
67
70
137
T11
David Lipsky
USA
-7
65
72
137
T11
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-7
68
69
137
T18
Cheng Jin
CHN
-6
69
69
138
T18
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-6
67
71
138
T18
Stuart Manley
WAL
-6
68
70
138
T18
Scott Hend
AUS
-6
68
70
138
T18
Marcel Siem
GER
-6
71
67
138
T23
Richard T. Lee
-5
70
69
139
T23
Khalin Joshi
IND
-5
69
70
139
T23
Micah Shin
USA
-5
69
70
139
T23
Carl Yuan
CHN
-5
68
71
139
T23
Sam Brazel
AUS
-5
68
71
139
T23
Gavin Green
MAS
-5
67
72
139
T23
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
-5
68
71
139
T23
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-5
68
71
139
T23
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-5
70
69
139
T32
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-4
68
72
140
T32
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-4
69
71
140
T32
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-4
70
70
140
T32
Berry Henson
USA
-4
70
70
140
T32
Haotong Li
CHN
-4
67
73
140
T32
Jianfeng Ye
CHN
-4
72
68
140
T32
James Morrison
ENG
-4
71
69
140
T32
Louis De Jager
RSA
-4
72
68
140
T32
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
75
65
140
T32
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-4
69
71
140
T32
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-4
68
72
140
T43
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-3
68
73
141
T43
Zach Murray
AUS
-3
70
71
141
T43
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-3
70
71
141
T43
Aaron Rai
ENG
-3
71
70
141
T43
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-3
73
68
141
T43
Wenchong Liang
CHN
-3
71
70
141
T43
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-3
72
69
141
T43
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-3
74
67
141
T43
Hongfu Wu
CHN
-3
68
73
141
T43
Paul Peterson
USA
-3
69
72
141
T43
Julian Suri
USA
-3
69
72
141
T43
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
-3
70
71
141
T55
Romain Wattel
FRA
-2
70
72
142
T55
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
69
73
142
T55
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-2
71
71
142
T55
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T55
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-2
73
69
142
T55
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
69
73
142
T55
Yang Kuang
CHN
-2
71
71
142
T55
Scott Vincent
ZWE
-2
70
72
142
T55
Miguel Tabuena
PHL
-2
67
75
142
T55
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
-2
68
74
142
T55
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-2
71
71
142
T55
Enqi Liang
CHN
-2
70
72
142
T55
John Catlin
USA
-2
66
76
142
T55
Guxin Chen
CHN
-2
70
72
142
T55
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
-2
69
73
142
CUT
Bowen Xiao
CHN
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Nicholas Fung
MAL
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
67
76
143
CUT
Shiv Kapur
IND
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Viraj Madappa
IND
-1
76
67
143
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Hyun-Woo Ryu
KOR
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Kodai Ichihara
JPN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Zihong Zhang
CHN
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
70
75
145
CUT
Changping Chen
CHN
1
73
72
145
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
1
71
74
145
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
71
74
145
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
1
71
74
145
CUT
Wenyi Huang
CHN
1
71
74
145
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
2
72
74
146
CUT
Chieh-Po Lee
CHN
2
71
75
146
CUT
Daxing Jin
CHN
2
66
80
146
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
2
75
71
146
CUT
Sadom Kaewkanjana
THA
2
70
76
146
CUT
William Liu
CHN
2
74
72
146
CUT
Xuewen Luo
CHN
2
72
74
146
CUT
Yinong Yang
CHN
2
75
71
146
CUT
Zihan She
CHN
2
75
71
146
CUT
Andreas Groenkvist
SWE
3
77
70
147
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
3
70
77
147
CUT
Chengyao Ma
CHN
3
71
76
147
CUT
Jin Zhang
CHN
3
72
75
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
72
75
147
CUT
Zeming He
CHN
3
75
72
147
CUT
Zheng Ouyang
CHN
3
73
74
147
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Shaun Norris
RSA
4
71
77
148
CUT
Shih-Chang Chan
TPE
4
71
77
148
CUT
Chun Liu
CHN
5
70
79
149
CUT
David Gleeson
AUS
5
73
76
149
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
5
70
79
149
CUT
Dinggen Chen
CHN
5
74
75
149
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
77
72
149
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
5
74
75
149
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
5
75
74
149
CUT
Shiyu Fan
CHN
5
73
76
149
CUT
Zhengkai Bai
CHN
5
73
76
149
CUT
Jianshan Li
CHN
6
75
75
150
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
6
72
78
150
CUT
Haimeng Chao
CHN
7
73
78
151
CUT
Huilin Zhang
CHN
7
74
77
151
CUT
Jia Zhang
CHN
7
73
78
151
CUT
Poom Saksansin
THA
7
82
69
151
CUT
Zhu Zhuang
CHN
7
73
78
151
CUT
Chao Song
CHN
8
75
77
152
CUT
Dong Su
CHN
8
74
78
152
CUT
Dongyu Wang
CHN
8
76
76
152
CUT
Lianwei Zhang
CHN
8
77
75
152
CUT
Shaocai He
CHN
8
74
78
152
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
9
76
77
153
CUT
Shang Zhi
CHN
9
73
80
153
CUT
Yilong Cheng
CHN
9
77
76
153
CUT
Tian Yuan
CHN
11
73
82
155
CUT
Tuxuan Wu
CHN
11
79
76
155
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
12
79
77
156
CUT
Bingwen Ma
CHN
13
78
79
157
CUT
Lu Sen Lien
TPE
13
77
80
157
CUT
Zehao Liu
CHN
13
81
76
157
CUT
Weiyu Zhu
CHN
18
79
83
162
RET
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
74
74
RET
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
Par
69
69
RET
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
0
RET
Paul Dunne
IRL
Par
76
76
RET
Thomas Detry
BEL
Par
70
70