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Teenage driver heads to Augusta

We last reported on the new Chinese obsession with setting records in WiC166. And here’s another new title: the youngest golfer to play at the US Masters in Augusta is set to be Chinese.

Guan Tianlang won’t even be 15 when he joins the world’s best players at the prestigious event next April. He’s qualified thanks to a victory last weekend in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Bangkok, and will trump previous record-holder Italy’s Matteo Manassero, who played at Augusta aged 16. The Wall Street Journal reports that Guangzhou-born Guan’s qualification could prove a sales boost for his sponsor Sligo Wear, an Ontario-based sportswear maker. “I’m so excited,” says Guan. “I don’t know what’s going to happen there but I know I just want to do well.” Earlier this year Guan became the youngest golfer to play in a European Tour PGA event, the Volvo China Open (for more on golf in China, see page 17). Nor is Guan the only young Chinese to hold a golfing record. Last year his compatriot Andy Zhang became the youngest person to play at the US Open, aged just 14.


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