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April 16, 2013

Masters sensation Tianlang Guan to play PGA Tour event

Posted at 6:45 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: Guan Tianlang, Zurich Classic

Guan_300After making the cut and finishing as low amateur at the Masters tournament, 14-year-old Chinese golf sensation Tianlang Guan is going to try his luck in a regular PGA Tour event.

Guan has accepted a sponsor's exemption to play the Zurich Classic, which begins April 25 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, outside New Orleans, according to NOLA.com.

Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old from China who thanks to a remarkable display of poise and shot-making was the low amateur at the Masters on Sunday, has accepted a sponsor's exemption to the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

“The Fore!Kids Foundation, host organization of the Zurich Classic, is all about benefiting youth,” said Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, whose group puts on the Zurich Classic. “Tianlang Guan represents the aspirations of millions of young golfers and golf fans of all ages worldwide.”

Guan qualified for the Masters in November, when he won the Asia-Pacific Amateur. At age 14, he was the youngest player to ever play in the Masters, two years younger than Matteo Manassero was in 2010. He is also the youngest player to ever make a cut on the PGA Tour.

However, Guan wasn't the youngest player to ever play on the PGA Tour. Don Dunkelberger was 11 years old when he competed in the Chicago Open. (He withdrew after shooting 103 in the opening round). Michelle Wie was 14 years old when she played the 2004 Sony Open. Wie shot 68/72, missing the cut by one.

Photo: Tianlang Guan accepts trophy for Low Amateur at the 2013 Masters (Fred Vuich/SI).

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