David Horsey is the defending champion, but millions of eyes will be focused instead on 16-year-old Daulet Tuleubayev this week at the M2M Russian Open in Moscow.
That’s because Tuleubayev is a native of Kazakhstan, which despite a population just shy of 18 million, has never had a native play on an European Tour event. At least, until now.
Tuleubayev first caught international attention in 2009 when he was part of a winning Pro-Am team in the Challenge Tour’s Kazakhstan Open. Under the tutelage of American legendary coach Butch Harmon, he rose to be ranked No. 1 in the Junior Golf Tour’s under-14 Rankings at age 12.
In May, he missed qualifying for the US Open by two shots.