Teen makes Masters history

2013-04-11 19:01
Guan Tianlang (AFP)

Augusta - Chinese 14-year-old schoolboy Guan Tianlang became the youngest player in Masters history on Thursday when he teed off at Augusta National in the first round of the 77th Masters.

Guan shattered the previous age mark for the youngest Masters player set by Italy's Matteo Manassero at age 16 in 2010. Manassero and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw were Guan's playing partners for the historic round.

The Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion, an honour that qualified him for Augusta, hit his opening drive straight up the middle of the fairway, level with Crenshaw but past Manassero, as he set off on a quest to make the cut and play at the weekend.

Guan played practice rounds over the past few days at Augusta National with Crenshaw, two-time Masters champion Tom Watson and Tiger Woods, the 14-time major champion whose success inspired Guan to begin golfing.

In addition, Guan met world No 2 Rory McIlroy in the locker room of the clubhouse and spoke with 73-year-old Jack Nicklaus, whose record 18 major titles include six at the Masters.

Read more on:    masters  |  pga tour  |  golf

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which of the FIVE South Africans competing at this year's Masters has the best chance of winning?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.