If you were impressed by Guan Tianlang’s play and poise a few weeks ago at the Masters, prepare to be wowed again. The 14-year-old reigning Asian Amateur champion fired a three-under 69, following his opening 72, putting him safely inside the cut line at the Zurich Classic.
What’s more, Guan, the eighth-grader from Guangzhou, China, beat up on a bunch of big boys while averaging only 256 yards off the tee (field average is 281). With heavy rains earlier this week in New Orleans, TPC Louisiana is playing longer than the setup of 7,431 yards. In other words, Guan has a sick short game.
So far in his fledgling PGA Tour career, Guan has not carded a double-bogey or a three putt in six rounds, four of which were played at Augusta National Golf Club, known for its treacherous greens.
Speaking of which, just two weeks ago, Guan became the youngest competitor at the Masters and then carved out another record when he made the cut and claimed low amateur honors. Now, he will be the youngest to make the cut at two official PGA Tour events.
He’s currently T42 and trailing leader Lucas Glover by nine shots. But more important, he’s beat at least 100 of the pros. I’m not sure which of young Guan’s achievements is the most impressive. There are just so many!
What were you doing when you were 14? If you can even remember that far back!
*Update: Guan spoke to the press after his round and he said it was “pretty good,” according to PGATour.com’s Tour Report:
“I think I played a very good round today,” Guan said, “and I made a lot of birdies and a couple of good up and downs. So I think I had a pretty good round, I think. I think I made the cut. …
“Making the cut is one of my goals. I’m having fun these couple of days, and I hope to play my best and go a little further into the weekend.”
And of course Guan has attracted large crowds in NOLA.
“I’m not too surprised because I came here last year and I have some friends here,” Guan said. “So I think I would play pretty good golf.”
Here are highlights from his first round:
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)