Guan withdraws from U.S. Open qualifying


While news broke Monday that Guan Tianlang has accepted a sponsor exemption into next week's Memorial Tournament, it appears the 14-year-old's U.S. summer golf tour will no longer include an attempt to qualify for the season's second major.

A USGA spokesperson confirmed to Tuesday that Guan has officially withdrawn from sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open. As reigning champion of the Asia-Pacific Amateur, the teen sensation was exempt from the local round of qualifying and was originally scheduled to tee it up in the Dallas qualifier at Lakewood Country Club on June 3.

Guan formally notified the USGA of his decision to withdraw last week. According to a spokesperson for the governing body, once Guan was included in the field at the Memorial, 'he no longer felt he could also attempt U.S. Open qualifying.'

After making the cut in his first three professional starts, including a tie for 58th at the Masters, Guan missed the cut last week in Dallas while playing on a sponsor exemption at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Should he make the cut next week, logistics involved with traveling from Ohio to Texas Sunday night in advance of Monday's 36-hole qualifier at Lakewood may have proven difficult, though there will be two different sectional qualifiers on June 3 held within an hour's drive of Muirfield Village that will likely attract several players from the Memorial field.