- AP Photo/Darron Cummings
- Guan Tianlang, 14, of China, acknowledges the cheers after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th green at the Masters. To his left is a playing partner today, 61-year-old Ben Crenshaw.
Guan Tianlang, 14 and-a-half, birdied the 18th hole this afternoon to finish with a one-over-par 73 in the first round of the Masters at Augusta National. He’s seven shots off the lead and three behind Tiger Woods, but he’s in position to make tomorrow’s cut.
Tianlang, of China, is the youngest player ever in the Masters—by two years and five months. He qualified for the tournament by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
Guan’s mother, Hongyu Liu, followed him around with an insulated lunch box packed with juice boxes, energy bars and bananas, according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports. “He forgets to eat,” she said as she watched him take his final preround practice putts.