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Guan, 14, punches ticket to Masters with Asia-Pacific win

November 04, 2012

__By Staff


At this rate, Augusta National should think about putting a crib in the Crow's Nest.

With his wire-to-wire win in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship Sunday in Thailand,  14-year-old Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang has earned an invitation to next spring's Masters, where he will become the youngest competitor in the event's history. Guan, who will be 14 years five months next April, will be two years younger than Matteo Manassero was when the Italian played in the 2010 tournament.

"I'm so excited. I'm really happy to become the youngest player at the Masters and looking forward to going there. I don't know what's going to happen there, but I know I just want to do well," said Guan, whose closing 71 was good for a one-stroke win over  Pan Cheng-tsung of Chinese Taipei.

Guan, who is 125 pounds, trains three months a year in Florida.