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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Tianlang Guan is low amateur

By Farrell Evans
ESPN.com

AUGUSTA, Ga., -- Tianlang Guan completed his first Masters on Sunday with a final round 3-over 75 to finish 12 over for the tournament and in 58th place.

The 14-year-old Chinese eighth-grader added to his already extensive list of firsts in the Masters by being the low amateur in the event, the youngest to achieve this feat in the 77 years of the tournament.

Guan
Guan Tianlang completed his first Masters on Sunday with a final-round 3-over 75 to finish 12 over par.

"I think the first couple rounds, I played pretty good," said Guan, who didn't make worse than a bogey all week. "I feel a little bit tired today. So yeah, there's still a lot of things to improve.

"My short game's good, but still need to be better. My driver probably needs to be longer. Yes, I mean, everything needs to improve."

Guan made the 36-hole cut on Friday after incurring a 1-shot penalty for slow play. He is the second winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship to finish as low amateur.

In 2011, Hideki Matsuyama tied for 27th in the Masters.

As the Asia-Pacific Amateur winner, Guan is exempt into the final qualifier for the Open Championship, set for July 18 at Muirfield in Scotland.

In the meantime, he plans to play in a couple of professional tournaments. But he has no plans of turning pro anytime soon.

"I've not decided yet, but it won't be too early because there's still a lot of things to learn to improve," he said about turning pro. "So nothing to rush."