April 12 2013
Guan Tianlang is headed to weekend at Augusta National. (Ehrmann/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur from China, already made history this week by being the youngest player to appear in the Masters. On Friday, he set another record -- youngest player to make the cut at a modern-era PGA TOUR event.
Guan finished his first 36 holes at Augusta National at 4 over after shooting a 3-over 75 on Friday that included a one-stroke penalty for slow play (click here for more on Guan's slow-play penalty).
He was in danger of missing the cut had tournament leader Jason Day birdied one of his last two holes. Had Day, who was in the last group on Friday, finished at 7 under, he would have moved the cut line to 3 over.
But Day parred both holes to remain at 6 under, allowing Guan -- and six others, including defending Masters champ Bubba Watson -- to make the cut by virtue of being within 10 shots of the lead. Guan will enter Saturday's third round tied for 55th and will be paired with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen for a 9:55 a.m. ET tee time.
How big was the news of Guan's achievement? CNN even sent a breaking news alert about it.
"Obviously it's an amazing achievement to get to the weekend at Augusta," Day said about Guan. "And being able to play and experience what he's going to experience on the weekend, you can't buy that stuff. ... The only way you can do that is get to the weekend, and obviously he's got a boatload of talent."
Guan is the only amateur to advance to the weekend. That means he will receive the silver cup that goes to the low amateur and also have a spot in Butler Cabin for the televised post-tournament ceremony in which the champion slips on the Green Jacket.
The previous youngest player to make a PGA TOUR cut (since 1900) was Bob Panasik, who was 15 years, 8 months, 20 days old when he made the cut at the 1957 Canadian Open. Guan is 14 years, 5 months, 18 days old.
The previous youngest player to make a cut at the Masters was Matteo Manassero, who was 16 years, 11 months, 21 days old when he made the cut in 2010.
Manassero, ironically, was one of Guan's playing partners in the first two rounds, along with 61-year-old Ben Crenshaw, the two-time Masters champ.
Guan is the youngest player in the modern era to appear to a major. Young Tom Morris played in the 1865 British Open at the age of 14 years, 4 months, 25 days.
YOUNGEST TO MAKE PGA TOUR CUT (since 1900)
|Player||Age when making cut||Tournament|
|Guan Tianlang||14 years, 5 months, 18 days||2013 Masters|
|Bob Panasik||15 years, 8 months, 20 days||1957 Canadian Open|
|Tadd Fujikawa||16 years, 4 days||2007 Sony Open in Hawaii|
|Justin Thomas||16 years, 2 months, 23 days||2009 Wyndham Championship|
|Matteo Manassero||16 years, 2 months, 29 days||2009 British Open|