Guan Tianlang shoots stunning 1 over during 2013 Masters first round
Fourteen-year-old Guan Tianlang shot a 1-over-par 73 during Thursday's first round of the 2013 Masters tournament.
What has your 14-year-old done lately? Because I bet he or she hasn't birdied the final hole during his or her first round at the Masters en route to shooting an absolutely improbable 73. That's exactly what Guan Tianlang did on Thursday, however.
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The winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship was the low amateur in the clubhouse during the first round of the 2013 Masters thanks to a long birdie putt on No. 18 that brought him back to 1 over for the tournament.
His score for the first day of the tournament is better than notable names like Bubba Watson, Stewart Cink, Ben Curtis, Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington and any number of more accomplished -- and much, much older -- professionals. (That he played his first Masters round with Ben Crenshaw is everything perfect and wonderful about golf and Augusta.)
Guan went 2 over on the front nine at Augusta, an incredible feat on its own at his age (and not too shabby an effort for your average pro either, obviously). His back-nine score won't put him in contention anytime soon -- a number of leaders sit at 6 under, depending on what Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Fred Couples (!) did closing out their rounds -- but that's beside the point.
He's fourteen. To play the way that he played at his age on the stage that he's playing on is unfathomable.
To put it in perspective: Tiger Woods had already won the Masters before Guan was born.
There's a long, long 18 holes to go before the cut. But if Guan can piece together a round even remotely resembling what he did on Thursday, there's a good chance the 14-year-old phenom could overstay his expected welcome in Augusta.
Even if he doesn't, he has already surpassed everyone's expectations.
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