- John Podesta jumps aboard Obama ship to sell second-term agenda
- ‘Tis the Season: London florist creates $4.6 million Christmas wreath
- No tailgating allowed at Super Bowl XLVIII
- Pentagon to transport African troops to Central African Republic
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend’s shopping jumps to his death
- Ukraine leader to talk with protesters; Washington urges caution
- Pope Francis: A nun saved my life
- Israeli P.M. Netanyahu backs out of Mandela funeral
- Elian Gonzalez makes first trip outside Cuba since custody battle
- U.S., British intelligence agents enter online sci-fi world to spy on gamers
Jimenez no fan of 13-year-old on European Tour
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 played in his home China Open.
“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,” he said. “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.
“No doubt the sponsor wants publicity for the tournament. But then it seems you have to go looking for under-age players to promote yourself. I’m sorry, this should not be allowed.”
“It’s going to be awesome playing with the young fellow and I will look forward to it,” the Swede said. “It is where the game is at the present time and, as golfers, we are in the entertainment business and it’s a sport there for the crowds.
“I am sure there will be hundreds of thousands of Chinese people that will tune into the golf on TV this week just to watch and follow Ye. So it would be absolutely silly not to market that opportunity.
“I am sure the (U.S.) Masters officials were pleased and happy when that 14-year old (Guan Tianlang), also from China, did so well to make the cut and then finish the leading amateur. I had the same view when Michelle Wie played up here (on the men’s tour at 14) because it is sponsors who pay our salary.”
Jimenez believes its puts too much pressure on the young players.
“They should not be pushing kids his age too hard as it could have a disastrous effect on their careers,” he said. “I hope he enjoys himself this week. But then I saw him hitting practice balls this morning, and he looked very nervous and he should not be in that position.”
By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu backs out of Nelson Mandela funeral
- FITTON: A closer look at the Benghazi lie
- Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, 'cherry-picked' intelligence: report
- CURL: Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
- American bourbon now better than Scottish whiskey: U.K.-born expert
- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns Pakistani leaders of U.S. aid losses over drone-strike protests
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Troops forced to rely on welfare, holiday charity
- Lawmakers see 'false narrative' of Obama as a terrorist fighter
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Listening to the heartbeat of Louisiana, including events, food, family and culture.
The Constitution: Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses. And how to get from here to there.
Crystal Wright is a black conservative woman living in Washington, D.C.
All of the world’s problems, solved on your back porch
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow