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“I think all of us are asking ourselves, ‘What were we doing at 14?’” said Crenshaw, who admits at that age he had a girlfriend who occupied too much of his time. “You can tell he breathes golf. It was fascinating to see him play.”

In an age when more kids are pushing the envelope at younger ages, Tianlang is unique with his long putter, which makes up for any shortages in power. He won the 2011 Junior World Golf Championship with a record 18-under total. He later won the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur, firing 66-64 on the first two days at Amata Spring Country Club in Thailand, then making a gritty par on a closing par-4 he couldn’t reach with a driver and 3-wood to win by one shot over Asia’s top two amateurs.

That made him the youngest player to qualify for a major championship, eclipsing another 14-year-old from China (Andy Zhang) who missed the cut at last year’s U.S. Open. Tianlang is two years younger than Matteo Manas­sero was when he first played in the Masters in 2010.

“I want to say, because I have the confidence and I know I can play well,” he said. “So I’m going to play like myself, so I’m not going to try to do too much things.”

Outside of the favorites, Tianlang has been the talk of the tournament so far – some conversations more admirable than others.

“I don’t think I would have handled it,” said Nicolas Colsaerts, a Masters rookie at age 30. “You know, 14, we’re all busy already playing a lot of good golf, but to play Augusta at 14, I think everybody is almost in shock. I hope for him he’s going to enjoy this week as much as I am.”

Then there are guys such as Charlie Beljan, who won last fall at Disney but didn’t receive an automatic invitation to the Masters. He bitterly tweeted “can’t even get in with a pgatour win. But 14 year olds are welcome.”

Some people don’t get it. It’s not a question about whether Tian­lang can compete with Woods on Sunday to win the Mas­ters. Half the field has no chance of doing that.

Sometimes a story just needs to be marveled at for what it is – remarkable, as Woods said.

As the Olympic motto says – Citius, Altius, Fortius, … Faster. Higher. Stronger.

And in the case of Augusta Na­tional these days – younger.