(Image Source: Volvo)

BY JONATHON SHIPMAN

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

The 2013 Masters is five months away but is already making headlines. On Sunday, a very fresh, new face earned his spot at Augusta. ESPN has the story.

"Heading to 18...Pan looking on...Guan for par and the championship. The 14 year-old does it and by doing so picks up the invitation to the Masters.”

That was Chinese golf prodigy and eighth grader Guan Tianlang sinking a five foot par putt to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand, which secured his spot alongside all the big names in golf at Augusta for the 2013 Masters.

The Golf Channel says the youngster’s low profile in the U.S., coupled with a general lack of interest in golf in China, will likely mean little coverage of Guan from both domestic and foreign media.

“I know golf is becoming very popular in China, but I’m sure it’s not a big part of the culture. That might help him a little bit when he goes home over these next few months. People aren’t really going to understand what’s going on.”

Matteo Manassero, the youngest golfer to play in the Masters before Guan, finished tied for 26th as the lowest amateur competitor. A writer from the Bleacher Report suggests Guan’s lack of power off the tee, along with his age disadvantage, will makes things even more difficult for him.

“The lack of length will limit the holes Tianlang realistically has a chance of going under par on, and that will leave him to simply try and manage the course without picking up any bogeys and with no margin for error.”

 

 

14-Year-Old Prodigy Guan Tianlang Headed to 2013 Masters

by
0
Transcript
Nov 4, 2012

14-Year-Old Prodigy Guan Tianlang Headed to 2013 Masters

(Image Source: Volvo)

BY JONATHON SHIPMAN

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

The 2013 Masters is five months away but is already making headlines. On Sunday, a very fresh, new face earned his spot at Augusta. ESPN has the story.

"Heading to 18...Pan looking on...Guan for par and the championship. The 14 year-old does it and by doing so picks up the invitation to the Masters.”

That was Chinese golf prodigy and eighth grader Guan Tianlang sinking a five foot par putt to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand, which secured his spot alongside all the big names in golf at Augusta for the 2013 Masters.

The Golf Channel says the youngster’s low profile in the U.S., coupled with a general lack of interest in golf in China, will likely mean little coverage of Guan from both domestic and foreign media.

“I know golf is becoming very popular in China, but I’m sure it’s not a big part of the culture. That might help him a little bit when he goes home over these next few months. People aren’t really going to understand what’s going on.”

Matteo Manassero, the youngest golfer to play in the Masters before Guan, finished tied for 26th as the lowest amateur competitor. A writer from the Bleacher Report suggests Guan’s lack of power off the tee, along with his age disadvantage, will makes things even more difficult for him.

“The lack of length will limit the holes Tianlang realistically has a chance of going under par on, and that will leave him to simply try and manage the course without picking up any bogeys and with no margin for error.”

 

 

View More
Comments
Newsy
www3