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April 12, 2013

14-year-old Guan slapped with slow-play penalty at Masters

Posted at 3:24 PM by Alan Bastable | Categories: 2013 Masters, Ben Crenshaw, Guan Tianlang, Slow Play

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old Chinese sensation who this week became the youngest-ever Masters participant, was assessed a one-stroke penalty for slow play in the second round of the 2013 Masters.

Guan finished his round with a three-over 75, leaving him at 4-over-par for the tournament, a stroke outside the projected cutline at the time. [Update: Guan ended the day inside the cut line and will play the weekend.]    

According to reports, officials gave Guan a warning on the 13th hole, before issuing the penalty four holes later, at the par-4 17th. Guan parred that hole, but was forced to sign for a bogey 5.

The last player to be assessed a slow-play penalty at a major championship was Steve Lowery at the 2004 PGA Championship; the PGA Tour hasn't penalized a player for slow play since Glen Day at the 1995 Honda Classic.

"This isn't going to wind up pretty," said Ben Crenshaw, Guan's playing partner for the first two rounds. "I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry this happened.

"I'm sick. He's 14 years old."

Augusta National released a statement about the Guan penalty on Friday afternoon:

Tianlang Guan was assessed a one-shot penalty for violation of Rule 6-7 of the Rules of Golf and the Tournament’s Pace of Play Policy. His group, which included Ben Crenshaw and Matteo Manassero, was deemed out of position on No. 10. Guan began being timed on Hole 12 and received his first warning on Hole 13 after his second shot. In keeping with the applicable rules, he was penalized following his 2nd shot on the 17th hole when he again exceeded the 40 second time limit by a considerable margin.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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