On this day in 1992, Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer in nearly 35 years to play in a PGA event. At just 16, Woods made his PGA debut as an amateur at the Nissan Los Angeles Open, missing the cut but launching a career that has earned him an estimated $1.3 billion. Since then, three younger golfers have made bold-type headlines for playing with the pros.
Michelle Wie (14 years, 2 months, 29 days) first played on the PGA Tour at the 2004 Sony Open in Hawaii. She shot an even-par 140, including a second-round 68, which was the lowest score ever posted by a woman in a PGA Tour event. She missed the cut by one stroke.
Andy Zhang (14 years, 6 months) is believed to be the youngest player to compete at a U.S. Open. In 2012 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Zhang shot a 9-over par in his first round and was unable to dig out of the hole and missed the cut.
Guan Tianlang (14 years, 5 months, 18 days) became the youngest golfer to make the cut at a major at the 2013 Masters. He went on to finish 12-over for 58th place and the low-amateur title.