M2M Russian Open Preview

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.

“It’s such a great opportunity I’ve been given with my invite here by the Russian Federation and I really want to perform well and show that I have earned this opportunity,” said Tuleubayev.
In May, he missed qualifying for the US Open by two shots.
The tournament is being played at the Skolkovo Golf Club, a 7,025-yard course with a par of 71.

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