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Tianlang Guan wins low amateur honors at 2013 Masters

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tianlang Guan made history on Sunday at the Masters.

No, he didn't win, and he didn't come close to winning, but a final-round 3-over-par 75 left him a respectable 12 over for the tournament. He shot 73-75-77-75.

And, if you're a 14-year-old, that's more than respectable.

Guan made history by becoming the youngest amateur to ever win the Silver Cup, annually awarded to the low Masters amateur.

He had 8-1 odds to even make the cut coming into the tournament.

And while it's a great honor for an amateur to win this award at Augusta, the more important thing is that it has often been good indication of future success as well.

Among those who have been impressed by Guan -- which is basically the entire population of the world -- is Gary Player. On Sunday, Player said this:

And what's more impressive than getting congratulations from the three-time Masters champion, Player? How about not three-putting the lightning-fast Augusta greens in your first 72 holes of play:

The big-time coronation will come later Sunday. Brandt Snedeker or Angel Cabrera or maybe Adam Scott will likely don the green jacket. But what Guan did this week might be more impressive than what one of them will do.

He took on seasoned professionals as a 14-year old.

Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen all missed the cut. Two of those guys have won majors in the past.

Guan though? No problem.

Bobby Jones would be proud, young man.

Yes, Bobby Jones would be very proud.

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