Miguel Angel Jimenez wary of Ye Wo-Cheng potential

Miguel Angel Jimenez says that Ye Wo-Cheng must be allowed to develop at his own pace.

Teenage sensation Ye Wo-Cheng has wowed fans by appearing at the Omega European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland, this week.

At just 13 years of age, the Chinese player shot 78 for his first round in Switzerland, which leaves him seven shots off the projected cut mark.

Despite his age, European Tour veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez believes that he should not come under scrutiny as he continues to develop.

"For me, a 13-year-old competing against professionals is a little bit too young," the Spaniard told Sky Sports News. "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, I'm sorry, this should not be allowed. They should not be pushing kids his age too hard as it could have a disastrous effect on their careers.

"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."

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