It must be fantastic to ‘make it’ aged just 14!, when your partner, two time Masters winner Ben Crenshaw says, “played about four of the most beautiful, delicate pitches you’ve ever seen” you’d have to be forgiven for thinking just that.
Tianlang Guan is the youngest competitor in Masters history but despite this, he remained calm on an opening day at Augusta and Crenshaw said, “He played like a veteran today, he played like a 28-year-old journeyman who’s been around the block and made a ton of cuts. He played a beautiful round of golf”. Guan finished the day tied at 46th with a 1 over par score of 73, he was grouped with Matteo Manassero who previously held the youth record in 2010 aged 16.
Guan’s round was not all plain sailing with a fair share of bogeys but redeemed by birdies at Nos 3, 10, 13, 18. His putting and chipping were first class, asked if anything gets him too excited he said, “Not today, I think I got enough things ready for today, and I just feel comfortable, relaxed this morning, “So it’s good”. Crenshaw, 61, heaped praise on the teenager for his “soft hands, patience, golf smarts and confident demeanour”, it doesn’t come much better than that.
Amongst the field of six amateurs taking part in the competition Tianlang had the best day by far, although he ruled winning this year out of reach, he believes he will be wearing the famous Green Jacket at some point in the future and said, “I want to win a Major and hopefully, I can win four Majors in one year”. On this Masters debut performance you’d be mad to bet against it! If you fancy taking a punt on golfs latest wonder kid then Paddy Power Bookmakers offer full markets on all the major golf tournaments.