A round of 69 shots (-3) on Thursday and another of 74 (+2) this Friday have been a milestone in the history of golf. It was marked by the Taiwanese Hsieh Cheng-Wei, a Taiwanese boy who, at only 14 years and 33 days, and thanks to those two cards, got the first cut made in a professional tournament of his incipient career.
He did it at the Linkou International, sanctioned by the Asian Tour, making him the youngest player in history to play the weekend in an elite event.
Hsieh Cheng-Wei, results
Or at least relatively elite, because although it is part of the world ecosystem of great circuits, the Asian Tour is more of a springboard to the PGA and the DP World Tour, the true objects of desire of golfers with professional aspirations, now challenged by the LIV.
In any case, Cheng-Wei has broken the previous record, held by the Chinese Guan Tianlang after passing the 2013 Masters cut at 14 years and 169 days. And what is more revealing, although with certain nuances, is that Tiger Woods, a legend whose records were considered in very early times, did not achieve this until, when he was already 19 years old.
He did it, yes, in an entire Augusta Masters, in a major, the highest echelon in this sport. “I haven't kicked well. I haven't been good off the tee either, especially on the last nine holes. It's not that hard, I just didn't play my best.
I got nervous at the end because I wasn't playing well. I didn't have high expectations. I just tried to do my best,” he commented in Taiwanese single at the end of his second round. Whether this is the start of something big or a brilliant episode in a minor career only time will tell.
Eldrick Tront Woods was born to an African American father, Earl and a Thai mother, Kultida. Nicknamed “Tiger” by his father , he started playing golf practically from the time he started walking and was soon regarded as something of a child prodigy of the specialty.
In 1990, at the age of fifteen, he was the youngest golfer to win the National Junior Championships, a success that he too confirmed in the following two years. After winning three consecutive US championship titles on the amateur circuit (1994, 1995 and 1996), he turned professional, winning two circuit tournaments in the first year.