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

(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.

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)
Guan Tianlang of China won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Amata Spring Country Club, in Chonburi, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/AAC, Paul Lakatos)
Guan Tianlang of China poses with the winner's trophy at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Amata Spring Country Club, in Chonburi, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/AAC, Paul Lakatos)
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