Guan Tianlang offered exemption into Memorial Tournament

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Guan-mania is sweeping the United States. The 14-year-old will be taking his act to Ohio for Jack Nicklaus' tournament at the end of May.

After playing the Masters and accepting exemptions into the Zurich Classic in New Orleans and the Byron Nelson Championship in Dallas, Guan Tianlang has been extended (and accepted) an exemption to the Memorial -- otherwise known as Jack Nicklaus' tournament in Ohio.

Here's what Nicklaus said (via Golf Channel):

"I have had the fortunate pleasure of spending time with Guan and his family, and I have found him to be mature beyond his years and very passionate about his development in the game.

"The performance of this 14-year-old -- who, mind you, is just an eighth-grader -- in making the cut at the Masters and then in New Orleans was fantastic. For the growth of the game internationally, he is a role model for all aspiring Asian amateurs, as well as young boys and girls around the globe, so it is only appropriate to give him another opportunity to compete on a world-class stage."

A lot of people are complaining that a 14-year-old shouldn't be taking up spots pros have worked hard to earn. But that seems to be a nonstarter; Nicklaus has noted he wants to start inviting the Asia-Pacific amateur champion going forward.

His tournament currently invites the U.S. amateur champ as well as the British amateur champ just like the Masters does.

Guan will look to make it three cuts made in four PGA Tour events this season -- also known as more than Davis Love III and Kenny Perry combined. 

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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