Tianlang Guan wins low amateur honors at 2013 Masters
Tianlang Guan had no competition on the weekend for low amateur honors, so he breezed to the Silver Cup on Sunday.
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:
G Player on Guan: "I thought he'd shoot about 81-83, & thought to myself, that'll be pretty good." Says his week's in "the arena of giants."— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) April 14, 2013
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:
Sky Sports says belly-putter user Guan is one of only 3 players with no 3-putts this wk. Amazing feat for a 14yo. (via @augustagolfgirl)— Stina Sternberg (@StinaSternberg) April 14, 2013
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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