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Video: Guan Picks Up The Pace, Almost Makes An Ace

Ryan Lavner on 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan's opening 72 which included a hybrid on 17 that finished a foot from the hole.

There was also noticeably faster pace of play.

And clearly, Guan has made a concerted effort to pick up the pace, perhaps stung by the criticism.

On Thursday, he was almost always the first to walk off the tee box or approach the green.

When he used the restroom between Nos. 5 and 6, he jogged back to the tee so as not to give the appearance that he was lagging behind. Never mind that the group ahead was still in the fairway. His threesome played in 5 hours, 10 minutes.

“He’s not fast, but it was not an issue at all,” said Henrik Norlander, the third player in Guan’s group. “We couldn’t go anywhere. We waited most of the day. I’m sure he learned something at the Masters to speed up a little bit. But it’s tough for him too, because he’s hitting first into every green.”

His round highlights on YouTube.

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Reader Comments (7)

5 hours 10 minutes for a 3-ball - they're really speeding up aren't they ?
04.25.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdavid
Good for him, making an effort and shooting even. Hope he makes the cut, even though someone here predicted he would miss it by miles....
Tough if it's tough. He wants to play here, he gets on with it. What's tough is the examples of slow play and people getting away with it that miught make him wonder why he was singled out.
04.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Oh this is just great. the game of golf has now picked out a 14 yr old from China to be the face of slow play. Pathetic.
Found it: dbh posted that Guan would miss the cut by miles because wouldn't have the benefit of extended practice time on the course and would be way over par.

Right now he is -2 - T51 with 6 holes left.
That was my guess, No Longer. I really thought he'd be over matched on that course, but, happily he's making a liar out of me.
If you saw my standing in this year's fantasy pool, it would come as no surprise. Hasn't been a stellar year on the prognostication front. :)
04.26.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
Minus 3 with 4 to play!
04.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico

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