Guan Tianlang profile
ASSOCIATED PRESS April 12, 2013 1:22PM
Amateur Guan Tianlang, of China, chips to the first green during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 12, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Updated: April 12, 2013 1:22PM
A glance at Guan Tianlang, who is battling to make the cut in Friday’s second round of the Masters at the 7,435-yard, par-72 Augusta National Golf Club:
WHO IS HE
The 14-year-old from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, is the youngest competitor to ever play the Masters.
HOW HE GOT HERE
Guan qualified for the Masters by winning the fourth annual Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November as the youngest player in the field.
It would be quite an accomplishment if he could make the cut at golf’s first major of the year. He shot a 73 on Thursday, so he’s got a chance.
Guan started playing golf when he was 4, going to the course with his parents. Now he is competing with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and some of the game’s greatest.
SIZING HIM UP
He is 5-foot-9, 135 pounds.
Guan has a remarkable short game, which he mastered without a coach. He also has great hands. He goes to California for about three months during the year, staying with relatives in Los Angeles and San Diego to train.
Matteo Mannassero, one of Guan’s playing partners for the first two rounds, had been the youngest player to participate in the Masters at 16 and became the youngest to ever make the cut that same year; Tiger Woods is the youngest player to win at Augusta National, he was 21.
“I think probably not this year, but I think I can win it in the future.” Guan said of the Masters.