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Friday
Nov022012

8th Grader Now Up By 5, Two Rounds Away From Masters

China’s Tianlang Guan posted a second round 64 in the Asia-Pacific Amateur and leads by five over two.

And remember, he's 14. He doesn't have enough of a grasp of what is on the line.

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"He doesn't have enough of a grasp of what is on the line."

That's pure speculation on your part, Geoff. Don't you think a 14-year-old Tiger knew what would have been on the line for him in the same situation?
From Golf World Recap

"Everyone here wants to win and go to Augusta," said Guan, who lives in Guangzhou and spends his summer training in California. "That would be amazing, but for now I need to focus on my game this weekend."
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWog
They're not all as dumb -- or as grasping -- as Michelle Wie, who actually had a chance to be the first woman to compete at the Masters -- if she had remained amateur.

Go, kid, go.
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Ghillie.... Please elaborate how Michele Wie would have had a chance to go to the Masters
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
If Wie had won the U.S. Public Links Championship, a Masters invitation would have followed. It has for some time now.

When I was 14, I was still watching The Masters on a black-and-white TV.
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell
I would think he knows what's on the line. When I was 14, I could run the list of Masters champions in 60 seconds flat, and my ATM card code was 6905 (Augusta National's yardage in 1990). And no, it didn't work well with girls.
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
You had an ATM card at age 14? In 1990 no less?
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeeWatson
Sweden has generally been ahead of US by many measures...it's just that they have such a short golf season.
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Didn't she also attempt to qualify for the US Amateur? (prelude to her entering PGA Tour events). And nearly succeeded. She was 14 or 15. If she had stayed amateur a lot of things might have happened -- she might have won occasionally, and really improved, and might well have given male amateurs a run for their money -- and had a go at the Masters. If she felt able to take on the PGA Tour she should have felt even better about the ams. But the lure of the money apparently beat out the "dream," and the rest is not history.
11.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
@Lee: Yes, in Sweden you can get an ATM card when you turn 13. Aren't teenagers allowed to handle their own economy in other countries? Maybe that's why our economy is the most healthy in Europe right now - we learn by making financial mistakes early!
11.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
I saw on Twitter that the 14 year old uses a belly putter, if this is correct (isn't everything correct on Twitter) and the kid wins, I expect some entertainment on this site tomorrow. BTW, he shot 72 in 3rd rd., but still has 2 shot lead.

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