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Teen at Masters, Guan Tianlang receives 1-stroke penalty for slow play

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(AP Photo/Darron Cummings). Amateur Guan Tianlang, of China, hold up his ball after putting on the first green during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 12, 2013, in Augusta (AP Photo/Darron Cummings). Amateur Guan Tianlang, of China, hold up his ball after putting on the first green during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 12, 2013, in Augusta

The 14-year-old Chinese golfer has been assessed a one-stroke penalty for slow play at the Masters, hurting his chances of making the cut.

Guan Tianlang is the youngest player ever at Augusta National. He was assessed the penalty at the 17th hole during Friday's second round, turning a par into a bogey. He finished at 3-over 75 for the round, giving him a 4-over 148 total.

The top 50 players make the Augusta cut, as well as those within 10 strokes of the lead. Marc Leishman was at 6 under -- 10 strokes ahead of Guan.

The last player to be penalized for slow play at a major was Steve Lowery at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

A glance at Guan Tianlang

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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