Guan, 14, continues to turn heads in China


Each of his global appearances now newsworthy, Tianlang Guan continued to impress this week at the OneAsia Nissan Cup, a three-day Ryder Cup-style event in Shenzhen. The 14-year-old, who last month won the Asian Amateur to earn an exemption into next year’s Masters, received high praise from his teammates who were dazzled by both his game and maturity.

“I was amazed by his skill and what he can do at the age of 14,” said Team China partner and former Masters participant Wenchong Liang, according to China Daily. “I believe, with his body growing stronger, Langly (Guan’s nickname) will become a complete golfer. He is just short of physical power and lacks hitting distance now.”

After the exhibition ended, Guan headed Down Under for the Australian Open, which begins Thursday in Sydney. Even with his elevated profile, Guan’s father, Hanwen, doesn’t expect the teenager to add several more events to his 2013 schedule. Instead, he will likely continue to play one tournament per month when school is in session.

“We are choosing tournaments according to their importance,” Hanwen Guan said, according to the report. “When he wins a tournament, he will change to others of a higher level. There is less meaning to doing what is easy to achieve, though it is always a happy thing to win.”

On Nov. 4, Guan captured the Asian Amateur by a stroke and next April will become the youngest participant in Masters history.

“I think I have done well in coping with pressure,” Guan said, according to the report. “I think there is no need for me to think too much about The Masters, but to keep my beat and strategy.”