After setting Masters records, 14-year-old golf phenom continues to turn heads
When Adam Scott won the Masters last week - becoming the first Australian golfer ever to capture the title - he rightly attracted much of the attention, but 14-year-old Guan Tianlang was not far behind. The China native turned heads when he qualified for the prestigious event (he was the youngest ever to do so), but he also set a few other benchmarks along the way including being the youngest to make the cut and the youngest to be the low amateur. Guan's newfound celebrity continues this week as he prepares for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, USA Today reports.
Not only has Guan impressed golfers around the globe with his impressive play, his demeanor on and off the course - especially having to deal with heightened scrutiny - has earned considerable praise as well. Most notably, his handling of being assessed a one-stroke penalty in the Masters was that of someone much older than him. He's also taken time to serve as a guest instructor at a children's golf clinic. Above all else, his approach toward his game is hard to top.
"I want to enjoy the week like in the Masters and, hopefully, make the cut. If not, it's still a great experience," he told reporters, according to the publication. "I hope to (post) good scores out there."
While Guan will be among the most prominent storylines this week at the Zurich Classic, he'll be playing alongside other big names including Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley. The tournament tees off on Thursday.