Guan Tian-lang, youngest golfer to play for the Masters, after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur (Video)

By on Nov 5, 2012 in Asia, Golf, Sports Comments

Guan Tian-lang, a teen Chinese golf player, won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship on Sunday, November 4, 2012, making him the youngest golfer to qualify for the PGA Masters in Georgia at the age of 14, to be held in April 2013. An ESPN video below reveals more details.

Guan Tian lang Asia Pacific Amateur

Guan Tian-lang, showing his Asia-Pacific Amateur
Championship trophy (November 4, 2012)

Image Credit: AP

As noted at Telegraph that day, Guan Tian-lang is now invited to play for the Masters 2013, after hitting a 15-under-par victory at the Amata Spring County Club, in Bangkok, Thailand. He closed with a 1-under 71, to win against Pan Chung-Tseng of Taiwan. Oliver Goss of Australia won the third place.

According to the report, Tian-lang, an eighth grader, reached the par 4 in two shots and chipped to 5 feet, and made his winning shot to the Masters 2013. He is set to break the record of Matteo Manassero, of Italy, who became the youngest golfer to play for the Masters in 2010 at the age of 16.

“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.” The 14-year old Chinese golfer was quoted in a press conference, after he won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

“I have met him a couple of times, at the HSBC Champions tournament in 2010 and the Nike Junior Invitational the following year and he was very nice. Why is he such a great player? In my opinion it is because he plays with such a strong mind and a strong heart.” Tian-lang says of Tiger Woods.

Guan Tian-lang has became the youngest golfer in a European Tour event when he played in the China Volvo Open 2012 last August at the age of 13 years and 173 days, making him the Asia’s latest golf sensation.

Guan Tian-lang wins Asia-Pacific Amateur, youngest golfer to play for the Masters
Video Credit: ESPN/YouTube

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