-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland (AP) — The European Tour's oldest champion has criticized the appearance of the tour's youngest ever competitor in the European Masters starting on Thursday.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, who was 48 when he won last year's Hong Kong Open, was introduced on the Crans-sur-Sierre practice range on Wednesday to Ye Wo-cheng, who was 12 in May when he contested the China Open and has since had another birthday.
Jimenez was at odds with a sponsor's decision to give Ye an invitation to compete this week.
He says, "It is nice to see that golf is interesting no matter what the age but for me, a 13-year-old competing against professionals is a little a bit too young.
"People want to start things too early and a 13-year-old should be playing alongside other 13-year-olds and not players averaging 33 years of age."