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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Teenage phenom gets sponsor's exemption to Nelson

By Richard Durrett

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese national who turned heads by making the cut and finishing as the low amateur at the Masters a few weeks ago, accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship. The tournament is May 16-19 at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving.

Guan is the reigning Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion, which earned him his invitation to the Masters.

"What Guan has been able to accomplish at such a young age is very impressive," 2013 tournament chairman Mike McKinley said in a release. "We have always had a tradition of identifying young talent and giving them an opportunity to compete at the Nelson, and we look forward to continuing that with Guan."

Guan joins Dallas native Jordan Spieth, another teenager, as the Nelson's two sponsor exemptions for this year's event.

Dustin Johnson and Marcel Siem also have committed to the event. Johnson, No. 19 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has one win this season and finished tied for 13th at the Masters.