Golf's young pretenders

Published 1207 GMT (2007 HKT) July 9, 2014
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Matteo Manassero is the youngest golfer to win a European Tour event after landing the Castello Masters at the age of 17 years and 188 days in 2010. He has backed that up with three more triumphs, including the prestigious European PGA Championship in 2013. Getty Images
Manassero was also the youngest player ever to make the cut at the Masters, aged 16 in 2010, only to see that record fall to China's Guan Tianlang, who was 14 at the 2013 event. Getty Images
Jordan Spieth nearly became the youngest player to win the Masters, at the age of 20 in April 2014. Despite opening a two-shot lead on the opening front nine on the final round, he fell away on the back nine to finish joint-second. Rob Carr/Getty Images
Lucy Li became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, aged just 11. She missed the cut at June's tournament at Pinehurst, but made a big impression. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/FILE
Li broke the previous record held by Lexi Thompson, who was 12 when she made the cut in 2007. Thompson, now 19, claimed her maiden major crown when she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April 2014. David Cannon/Getty Images
New Zealand's Lydia Ko was 15 when she won the Canadian Women's Open in 2012, making her the youngest winner in LPGA history. She was ranked second in the world as of July 7, 2014. Getty Images