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April 28 2013

7:15 PM

Guan impressive beyond years

By Brian Allee-Walsh, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

AVONDALE, La. -- It's not how Guan Tianlang finished, it's how he played the game through four rounds of the rain-plagued Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

"I think I got a little better but not a big change,'' the 14-year-old Chinese phenom told reporters Sunday after carding a final round 74 for 4-over 292 at TPC Louisiana. "I got a long way to go.''

After making the cut on the nose at 3-under 141, Guan carded rounds of 77-74 over the weekend to finish last in the remaining field of 71.

Guan completed his round just before the second weather delay with leaders Billy Horschel (19 under) and D.A. Points (18 under) waiting to hit their second shots on the 557-yard, par-5 finishing hole.

Guan got off to rough start on his opening nine with bogeys at Nos. 10, 12 and 17 and a lone birdie at No. 16 for an outgoing 38 before settling down and matching par after the turn. The first weather delay forced players off the course at 11:43 a.m.

Play resumed 3 hours, 7 minutes later.

"I didn't play perfect,'' he said. "After the rain I played good and made a few putts.''

"Overall, he played good this week,'' said Guan's caddie, Todd McPherson. "But the wet course made it harder for him. He didn't hit the ball over the weekend like he did on Thursday and Friday. He was tidier in the first two rounds.''

Guan said he planned to remain in New Orleans for several days before preparing to play in an upcoming U.S. Open qualifier in Dallas.

"It was another great week to make the cut,'' said Guan, who became the youngest player to make a cut at the Masters. "I had fun in New Orleans.''

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