Saturday, 13 April 2013

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China's Guan Tianlang, 14, sets golf record

Teenager Guan Tianlang was penalised for slow play at Augusta, but his overall score of four over was still enough to see him become the youngest golfer to make the cut at a major.

Guan, 14, was given the one-stroke penalty after making par on the 17th, having earlier been warned for slow play during the Masters second round.

The Chinese player said: "I respect the decision. This is what they can do."

According to BBC News
Guan carded 16 pars in total, although the one on 17 became a bogey after the European Tour's chief referee John Paramor alerted him of the penalty.

 Guan began being timed on the 12th hole, received his first warning after his second shot on the 13th, then was penalised after his second shot on the 17th "when he again exceeded the 40-second time limit by a considerable margin".

Despite the setback, the teenager went on to par the last for a 75, to go with his first-round 73.

He is exactly 10 shots behind tournament leader Jason Day of Australia.

Two-time winner Crenshaw said: "This is not going to end pretty. I'm sick for him [Guan]. I feel terrible. He is 14 years old. I'm so sorry this has happened."

 "It feels hard to give a 14-year-old a penalty, but he's in the field. He beat a lot of guys yesterday, whatever the age he is."

Guan also became the youngest player to make the cut in a PGA Tour event, breaking the 56-year-old record held by Canadian Bob Panasik, who was 15 when he made it through to the last two rounds of the 1957 Canadian Open.

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