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Guan Lands Memorial Exemption

Well at least the 14-year-old Masters cut-maker Tianlang Guan won't be missing any school for this one. Right?

For Immediate Release...

Chinese Amateur teen sensation Tianlang Guan to compete in the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance  
Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance announced today that 14-year-old Chinese amateur sensation Tianlang Guan has accepted an exemption to compete in the 38th edition of the Memorial, May 27 – Jun 2 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Tianlang last month became the youngest player to make a cut in a major championship in PGA TOUR history when he finished 58th at The Masters Tournament with a 12-over-par 300 aggregate total. His invitation to the first major of the season came by way of his victory at the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. A native of Guangzhou, China, Tianlang followed up his performance at Augusta National Golf Club by making the cut two weeks later at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he finished 71st at 4-over 292. Last week he missed the cut at the HP Byron Nelson Championship after rounds of 70 and 77.
“I am very excited to accept the invitation to play at the Memorial Tournament,” Tianlang said. “It is Jack Nicklaus’ event, and the same as all the golf fans out there I have very high respect to Mr. Nicklaus, not just as a golf legend, but also as a great person. He has been actively involved in the development of golf in China, and junior golf development worldwide, and as a junior golfer myself I appreciate what he has done to help us grow. My parents and I got the chance to meet him in person at the Masters, and that was one of the highlights of my week at Augusta National. I appreciate a lot the Memorial Tournament for having me there, and it is going to be a great week.”
Tianlang is ranked No. 78 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

“The Memorial Tournament has been a strong supporter of amateur golf since its inception, and each year the winners of both the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur are always invited to participate,” said Memorial Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus. “With the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship becoming such an important event in the game of golf, and with the winner earning an invitation to The Masters Tournament and a spot in International Final Qualifying for the British Open, the Captains Club thought it was only appropriate to offer an invitation to the Memorial Tournament. We hope that in the future, we can make this a standard policy with our exemptions.

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Reader Comments (11)

And Charlie and Matt had been waiting by the mailbox.
05.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Who is paying for all of this? The People's Republic? The travel, clothes, hotels, rental cars, meals, CADDY, etc.! I notice he wears a PRC flag on his shirts. Are they providing all of this for him?

Secondly, why is a 14 year old continuing to play in these tournaments? Is it about "growing the game?" If you ask me, this one is about "growing Jack's Chinese architecture business." He may or may not make the cut, but he certainly won't compete in any meaningful way. I'm not sure what the positives are. Have the kid play in some AJGA tournaments or something.
05.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
I had similar thoughts Chris.

05.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Dear Guan - please go away and return when you sign up for College and the NCAA's. Thanks
05.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Any implications for his "amateur status"?

The Jutanugarn sisters attracted some scrutiny from the USGA early last year:
05.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Question is how he does once the am circuit cranks up
05.20.2013 | Unregistered Commentersmails
@ Chris & DTF

When asking, ''Why?'' I'm afraid the skeptic in me thought the same, as well.
05.20.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
Why is a legit question.

I think the Jack in the China Closet golf bidness is a factor. TV interest will be there from the casual viewer, since the network overcovers the young man.

And as to his AM status I don't have a clue, but most people don't live in another country free of charge.
05.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Wow, I am over this novelty act.
05.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRM
he might become the best hybrid player in the world
05.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
"why" is

1-his handler asked

2-the Masters gives him an exemption, the Memorial wants to be like the Masters, and the guy was low am there

3-China is the largest market, for almost everything including golf arch., in the world. Asian TV will love having him.

as for who is paying, the PRC is paying. did you think the Russian and East German athletes were paying their own way to prepare for the Olympics.

There is no amateur status problem--national golf assns can do more or less wht they want. the R and A writes checks to players
05.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

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