14-year-old Ukrainian amateur makes the cut in DP World Tour’s Soudal Open

Lev Grinberg’s dream DP World Tour debut will continue into the weekend as the Ukrainian born amateur became the second youngest player at 14 years six months and six days to make the cut in a DP World Tour event, after adding a second-round 69 to the 70 he shot on his home course on Thursday.

“I played amazing!” said Grinberg. “I can’t wait to play tomorrow and Sunday. It’s so nice to play good and make the cut and my home course, and hopefully grind out as many birdies as I can and hopefully get top ten, that is my goal this weekend. It’s amazing because you play with friends from home and then you play with these guys who are top 50, top ten in Europe, and it’s just nice.

“(I’ll go out) the same way as I did yesterday and today, just play golf, it feels like it is just a round with my friends. It’s nice (on being second youngest player to make the cut at a DP World Tour event), I only found out about it now so hopefully I break some more records.”

Grinberg, who now lives in Belgium, was born in Kiev, Ukraine and started playing golf when he was five. He has spent time training in Belgium and the United States the last few years, living in Florida during the pandemic before returning to Belgium late last year.

It’s not the first time the youngster has made headlines after advancing to the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open last year when he was just 13. After playing five holes in the second round weather suspended play and was was not scheduled to resume until the following day, so Grinberg withdrew to play in his next junior event. He would have become the youngest player to feature in a men’s Major Championship had he qualified.

The trio of Matti Schmid Dale Whitnell and Sam Horsfield sit atop the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the tournament at Rinkven International Golf Club.

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