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Guan blending into young crowd
There was a time when a 14-year-old on the PGA Tour would be considered big news.
It’s starting to feel like old news.
Guan Tianlang tees it up Thursday at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, which must feel like a significant step down from where he was two weeks ago. He played practice rounds at Augusta National with Tom Watson and Tiger Woods. He played in the Masters alongside Ben Crenshaw. He was in Butler Cabin when Adam Scott first slipped on the green jacket. Guan was the low amateur.
The emphasis should be on the Chinese teen’s performance _ the youngest to play 72 holes in a major, nothing worse than a bogey all week, no three-putts on some of the fastest, most frightening greens in golf _ and not on his birth certificate.
Age is just a number.
Teenagers have been dotting the professional golf landscape for the last decade.
Despite a one-shot penalty for slow play on the 17th hole of his second round, Guan still made the cut against a 93-man field at the Masters. Remember, it was only nine years ago when another 14-year-old _ Michelle Wie _ shot 68 and missed by one shot making the cut against a 143-man (and one girl) field at the Sony Open.
Morgan Pressel was 13 when she played in the 2001 U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles, a record that was broken six years later by Alexis Thompson, who was 12. Thompson went on to win an LPGA Tour event when she was 16, a record that was broken last year by 15-year-old Lydia Ko in the Canadian Women’s Open.
That record still stands.
Guan has no illusions of winning the Zurich Classic. He spent some three weeks at Augusta National getting ready for the Masters and its 7,435-yard course. Next up is the TPC Louisiana, which is 7,341 yards and doesn’t typically play as fast. Making the cut won’t be as easy as it was at the Masters, against a 156-man field with no 10-shot rule.
That’s not the only difference, of course.
“The Masters has got a lot of people there,” Guan said Tuesday. “So I just want to play my best this week.”
Is there room for an eight-grader in professional golf? Sure, as long as it’s a cameo appearance.
By Tammy Bruce
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