Teenager Guan Tianlang of China to be Masters' youngest golfer

Updated: 04 November 2012 19:13 IST

Guan Tianlang, 14-year-old Chinese prodigy, became the youngest winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship after a closing one-under-par 71 gave him a 15-under total of 273 and a nail-biting one-stroke victory Sunday.

Chonburi, Thailand:

Guan Tianlang, 14-year-old Chinese prodigy, became the youngest winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship after a closing one-under-par 71 gave him a 15-under total of 273 and a nail-biting one-stroke victory Sunday.

At Amata Spring Country Club here, Guan, the youngest player in the field, completed a wire-to-wire victory that has earned him an invitation to next year's Masters Tournament. When the Masters begins next April, Guan is set to become the youngest competitor in the history of the Tournament at 14 years, five months and 17 days, reports Xinhua.

The previous record was established by Matteo Manassero in 2010, when the 16-year-old earned an invitation after winning the British Amateur Championship in 2009.

Guan has also secured a place in International Final Qualifying (IFQ) for The Open Championship along with runner-up Pan Cheng-tsung of Chinese Taipei, Asia's No.2 amateur, who shot a 65.

Topics : Golf
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