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In Praise Of Guan Tianlang

Young And Restless

By Andy DeKeuster

Who says youth is wasted on the young?

Oh, to be 14 years old and playing in The Masters … I wonder what the pressure must feel like for Guan Tianlang. At 14, I was winning the Racine City Junior Championship, and I think I had about 48,983 fewer people watching me play Johnson Park Golf Course – not to mention the millions watching on TV.

So bravo Mr. Guan. And yes, I think he has earned my respect enough for me to call him Mister, even if he is 12 years younger than me. (Man, that even makes me feel old.)

Here’s hoping Guan plays just as well tomorrow. And here’s to me kicking myself for picking guys like Ian Poulter (76) and Nicolas Colsaerts (74) ahead of Guan in our office pool.

Sheesh, what an idiot.


By Mike Cullity

Fourteen-year-old Guan Tianlang’s performance and poise during his first-round 73 at The Masters was awe-inspiring. I personally loved the birdie he made on No. 10 after sticking a hybrid tight, and the 20-footer he drained for birdie on 18 after another hybrid approach was pure class.

Try this on for perspective: When I was 14, I fired a stout 102 in my first tournament, the New Hampshire State Junior, before losing in the first round of the eighth-flight match play bracket.

Go Guan, I say.


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