A glance at Guan Tianlang

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A glance at Guan Tianlang, who is battling to make the cut in Friday’s second round of the Masters at the 7,435-yard, par-72 Augusta National Golf Club:

WHO IS HE

The 14-year-old from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, is the youngest competitor to ever play the Masters.

HOW HE GOT HERE

Guan qualified for the Masters by winning the fourth annual Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November as the youngest player in the field.

EXPECTATIONS

It would be quite an accomplishment if he could make the cut at golf’s first major of the year. He shot a 73 on Thursday, so he’s got a chance.

EXPERIENCE

Guan started playing golf when he was 4, going to the course with his parents. Now he is competing with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and some of the game’s greatest.

SIZING HIM UP

He is 5-foot-9, 135 pounds.

HIS GAME

Guan has a remarkable short game, which he mastered without a coach. He also has great hands. He goes to California for about three months during the year, staying with relatives in Los Angeles and San Diego to train.

NOTEWORTHY

Matteo Mannassero, one of Guan’s playing partners for the first two rounds, had been the youngest player to participate in the Masters at 16 and became the youngest to ever make the cut that same year; Tiger Woods is the youngest player to win at Augusta National, he was 21.

QUOTEWORTHY

“I think probably not this year, but I think I can win it in the future.” Guan said of the Masters.

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