14-Year-Old Heads to Masters
China's Guan Tianlang becomes youngest player to qualify
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2012 12:33 PM CST
Guan Tianlang of China during the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship golf at Amata Spring Country Club, in Chonburi, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/AAC, Paul Lakatos)
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(Newser) – At next year's Masters, there's a new kid in town: China's Guan Tianlang today won the Asia-Pacific Championship at the tender age of 14, becoming the youngest golfer ever to qualify to take a swing at Augusta National, reports the AP. Guan, who's in the eighth grade and weighs about 125 pounds, couldn't make his final par 4 in two shots and had to chip to 5 feet and sink his putt. The Masters is in April, and its previous youngest contestant was Italy's Matteo Manassero, who was 16 at the 2010 tourney.