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May 17 2013

6:22 AM

Guan likes his chances to make cut

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

IRVING, Texas -- Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur from China, has put himself in position to make another cut at a PGA TOUR event.

Guan posted an even-par 70 in Thursday's first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. That left him in a tie for 77th, which means he'll need to move up slightly from that position to make the top 70 and ties who'll advance to this weekend at the TPC Four Seasons Resort.

"I feel like I have a pretty good chance (to make the cut)," said Guan, who tees off at 9:40 a.m. ET (8:40 a.m. local) in Friday's second round.

The eighth-grader made history last month by being the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters. He then followed with another made cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

On Thursday, he posted two birdies and two bogeys. "I missed a couple of birdie putts in the middle but overall not a bad round," he said.

Guan said his group, which also included Andrew Svoboda and Donald Constable, was put on the clock "for a couple of holes" on Thursday but were not penalized for slow play. Guan suffered a one-stroke penalty for slow play at the Masters.

"We had some rules problems today so we need to pick up speed," Guan said. "A lot of rules problems."

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