Guan wraps up memorable 1st Masters with 75

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“It’s such a great week for me,” said Guan, the youngest player to make the cut at a major in the PGA era. “I learned a lot.”

Guan’s performance over four days was truly remarkable for the youngest player by far to play the Masters. He never had a three-putt on Augusta’s perilous greens _ well, he counts one from off the green _ and his worst hole was a bogey.

“I played pretty good,” he said. “I feel a little bit tired today. There are still a lot of things to improve. My short game’s good, but I still need to be better. My driver probably needs to be a little longer.”

Guan made a couple of birdies on the back side, but took a bogey at No. 17 after knocking at shot into a spectator’s plastic bag. At the final hole, he two-putted from about 40 feet for a 12-over 300, receiving a big cheer from the gallery and a handshake from Augusta National chairman Billy Payne.

Guan can’t take any prize money since he’s an amateur. But he’ll get a silver cup as the only amateur to make the cut.

There are no plans to turn pro anytime soon.

“It won’t be too early because there are still a lot of things to learn, to improve,” Guan said. “So nothing to rush.”

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