Tianlang Guan is quickly becoming a star on the PGA Tour as he gets ready to play in his second tournament in the US. He will tee it up at The Zurich Classic of New Orleans for his first appearance since being the youngest player to not only play in The Masters, but the youngest to make the 36 hole cut.
The 7341 yard Pete Dye designed TPC Louisiana golf course located just west of downtown New Orleans will provide another challenge for the 14 year-old from China who is still growing, and lacks some distance off the tee box. The field this weekend will be considerably larger at 156 players, than that of the Masters two weeks ago, so he will have to make some birdies if he wants to play on the weekend. The cut in 2012 was at -2 under par.
“I want to enjoy the week like in the Masters and, hopefully, make the cut,” Guan said. “If not, it’s still a great experience. I hope to play good scores out there.”
Guan, who averages just over 250 yards off the tee, will again have to lean on his hybrid to keep him in the game, but where the youngster excels, is when he gets the flat stick in his hands. He did not have a three-putt green at Augusta, and never put a score over bogey on his card.
“I think this is also a big course for me,” acknowledged Guan, who tied for first in putting at the Masters. “I need to putt it good I think. And I should play really good woods to make the cut and go further, but I still need to play a really good couple of rounds.”
Guan will not have the benefit of playing his first two rounds with a veteran like Ben Crenshaw but plays with Henrik Norlander, who hails from Stockholm, and Justin Bolli of Greenville, S.C., during the first two rounds at TPC Louisiana.
The youngster is not sure of his schedule after The Zurich Classic. He is unsure if he will be going back to China after the tournament, but is making plans to qualify for the US Open at Merion. With his accuracy, and ability to putt, he should fare pretty well in the US Open which typically puts a premium on those two aspects of the game.
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