Chinese prodigy, Guan Tianlang is set to become the youngest US Masters starter in history when the 14-year-old tees off at the Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday.
Guan qualified for the tournament after winning the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and becomes the youngest starter in front of Matteo Manassero who was 16 in his Masters debut and Tiger Woods who was aged 19.
“I’m so excited,” Guan said. “I’m really happy to become the youngest player at the Masters. I have a dream since I was a little boy. I wish, one day, I can win all four majors in one year.”
One of Guan’s idols is World No. 1 Tiger Woods who gave his thoughts on the 14-year-old and was ‘frightened’ thinking about it.
“It’s frightening to think that he was born after I won my first Masters,” Woods said. “I mean, that’s just frightening. It’s exciting that I have inspired kids to play and not just here in the States but obviously in China and around the world.”
While Juan has been in Augusta for a few weeks becoming accustomed to the layout, making the cut will be an achievement in itself for the future star who I’m sure will win a major one day.