The kid has cracked the Augusta weekend

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    Guan Tianlang didn’t let his tender age of 14 years, five months and 18 days affect his golf. He has a passport into the US Masters weekend.

    And the youngest to do so. He will be in Butler’s Cabin as the leading amateur for the presentation of the coveted green jacket.

    Tianlang shot 73 and 75. He finished four over, which was smack on the cut.

    He had four birdies and eight bogeys in what veteran playing partner Ben Crenshaw described as a “very very impressive” display of ball-striking and patience for one so young.

    Tianlang’s second round 75 included a stroke penalty for slow play, which was most likely Crenshaw’s fault, he’s renowned for taking his time – nicely called a deliberate golfer.

    While the pencil thin kid from China held his nerve many heavyweights didn’t hold theirs and have headed for home, after missing the cut.

    Guan’s playing partner Matteo Manessaro, the previous record-holder for the youngest to make the Masters cut at 16, missed by a shot.

    Martin Laird, YE Yang, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosterhuizen, Mark O’Meara, Ben Curtis, Mike Weir, Ian Poulter, Kevin Streetman, Padraig Harrington, Tom Watson, Hunter Mahan, Ian Woosnam, and Crenshaw who was 16 shots of Tianlang’s pace.

    While Guan Tianlang was the story of the day, another Day pinched the lead at the half-way mark.

    Aussie Jason Day shot 70 and 68 to be 6-under, with 12 birdies, four bogeys, and a double – and looking very solid.

    Day and his three compatriots are all in the top 14 and in there with a big sniff to become the first Australian to don the green jacket in 77 attempts.

    Marc Leishman is just a shot off the pace at five under after rounds of 66 73 that included nine birdies and four bogeys.

    Adam Scott is three behind, with Tiger Woods.

    Scott has fired 69 and 72 – three under – with seven birdies and four bogeys. Three of them came in a row at the start of his second round.

    Woods scored 70 and 71 with six birdies and three bogeys.

    The fourth Aussie John Senden is two under after rounds of 72 and 70 with 10 birdies and eight bogeys

    Moving day tomorrow, Saturday at Augusta, it never fails to create the unexpected.

    Footnote:

    Guan Tianlang shot a third round 77 this morning, with five bogeys, That takes him to 9-over for the 54 holes.

    As the only amateur to qualify for the weekend Guan will win the coveted Masters Silver Cup.

    Some great golfers have held that Cup aloft as the leading amateur – Ben Crenshaw in 1972 and 1973, Phil Mickelson 1991, Tiger Woods 1995, Matt Kuchar 1998, Sergio Garcia 1999, and Hunter Mahan 2003.

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    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn’t get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world’s great sporting spectacles

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    • April 14th 2013 @ 5:17am
      Johnno said | April 14th 2013 @ 5:17am | ! Report

      The kid was thrown to the wolves. He should be playing on his billy kart, playing handball in the playground, playing tips, and worrying about acne. Instead he is playing in an adult tournament, and mixing with adults, there should be age restrictions in golf, make it 18. Let him be a average regular kid in high school, not doing elite things like playing elite golf with elite adults .

    • April 14th 2013 @ 7:18am
      Bondy said | April 14th 2013 @ 7:18am | ! Report

      They’ve thrown him in there for the tv audience in china.

      • April 14th 2013 @ 7:25am
        David Lord said | April 14th 2013 @ 7:25am | ! Report

        Johnno and Bondy, you point blank refuse to give the kid his due, he genuinely qualified for the Masters, he deserves the recognition.

        • April 14th 2013 @ 8:22am
          Bondy said | April 14th 2013 @ 8:22am | ! Report

          David,

          Yes, my apologies, I did actually think I should’ve credited the kid for shooting 2-4 over for both days and making the cut it is impressive,he’s not just there for tv purposes.

          Would he have nerves,would he genuinely be nervous ?.

          • April 14th 2013 @ 8:30am
            David Lord said | April 14th 2013 @ 8:30am | ! Report

            Of course he was nervous, he freely admitted that. But for a 14-year-old he handled it extremely well and deserves as much praise for that as qualifying in the first place. Give the kid some space.

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      April 14th 2013 @ 8:51am
      sheek said | April 14th 2013 @ 8:51am | ! Report

      Good morning David,

      Obviously I’ve had my say about Guan, so won’t add anymore there.

      But the story that hasn’t yet grown wings in Australia concerns Tiger Woods.

      Woods clearly hasn’t learnt anything & is still a first class jerk. His attitude is unchanged – it’s all about him!

      • April 14th 2013 @ 2:52pm
        Tatah said | April 14th 2013 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

        I missed it Sheek. I’m being a bit lazy and will google it, but what did Woods do?

    • April 14th 2013 @ 9:52am
      Johnno said | April 14th 2013 @ 9:52am | ! Report

      The kid should still be popping zits lol, not worrying about his putting.
      And he should have a poste roof tiger woods on hose bedroom wall , not playing against him.

      • April 14th 2013 @ 10:30am
        nickoldschool said | April 14th 2013 @ 10:30am | ! Report

        Well, if i may, he should be worrying about putting to other type of holes.

        Makes me envious to think he could retire when he is 15yo with all the money he will get from tournaments and sponsors though! Guinness book material in the making I reckon!

        • April 14th 2013 @ 10:39am
          Johnno said | April 14th 2013 @ 10:39am | ! Report

          lol, you never know he possibly maybe worrying about that too. A visit to to the coastal are Cap D’agde, beautiful water and everything else may do him the world of good.

          The money is incredible, he could retire at 15 and still if he was sensible never have to work another day in his life, and maintain a middle class standard of living.

          • April 14th 2013 @ 12:33pm
            Brendo said | April 14th 2013 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

            He doesn’t receive any money. He’s an amateur. He can get sponsorship, but can only receive free equipment and travel funding. He’ll be in line for some big deals once he turns pro, as the face of golf in China. But he won’t last long on any tour is he doesn’t start getting some bigger distance with his driver. Should come with age as he gets bigger though.

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