Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Tianlang Guan was the talk of the Masters after
an impressive start, but he is in danger of missing the cut due in part to a
1-stroke penalty for slow play during a lackluster second round.
Guan, who is the youngest-ever player to start the Masters at 14 years old,
followed his opening-round 73 with a 75 on Friday for a two-day total of 4-
over, which places him right on the projected cut line.
He would have carded a 2-over on Friday, but he was assessed a 1-stroke
penalty by course officials for slow play.
He is the first player to be assessed a penalty for slow play on the PGA Tour
since Glen Day at the 1995 Honda Classic.
"He's been slow. It's just sometimes he had the right club, his caddy pulled
the right club for him and he was sure, but to be clear in his mind he was
asking one more extra question," said playing partner Matteo Manassero, who
previously held the record for the youngest player at the Masters at 16.
If Guan is able to hang on and advance to the weekend, he will add another
record to his short career by replacing Bob Panasik as the youngest player to
make a cut on the PGA Tour.
Panasik made the cut at the 1957 Canadian Open when he was 15.
Guan guided his way through an up-and-down first round by countering five
bogeys with four birdies, but failed to record a single birdie during his
The China native was able to roll in 15 pars during his second round,
including a streak of nine straight starting at the eighth hole.
He would have kept the streak alive while on the 17th, but it was there that
he was informed by an official about the penalty, which resulted in a bogey at
He then closed with a par to remain 4-over.
Guan, however, is in contention to post the lowest score by an
amateur at this year's Masters.
His closest competition for the silver cup is Steven Fox, who is at 5-over and
is currently on the course.
Fox is followed by T.J. Vogel, Michael Weaver, Nathan T. Smith and Alan
Vogel and Smith are the other amateurs to have not finished their second
rounds and sit at 7- and 9-over, respectively.
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