May 17 2013
Guan posted a 7-over 77 during Friday's second round (Pennington/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas -- After making the cut in his first two PGA TOUR starts, 14-year-old amateur Guan Tianlang of China will not be in the field this weekend at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Guan shot a second-round 7-over 77 on Friday, leaving him at 7 over for 36 holes and well below the projected cut line of even par when he walked off the course.
"Just didn't play my best out there today," Guan said. "I still learned a lot. Still have a lot more to learn."
In playing the Masters last month as the youngest player in tournament history, Guan made the cut, the only amateur in the field to reach the weekend. He eventually finished 58th.
He then followed with another made cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, finishing 71st.
But with players going low in prime scoring conditions at the TPC Four Seasons Resort, Guan could not keep pace after shooting a respectable even-par 70 in the first round.
"Every tournament you can learn," Guan said. "These two days I think I learned a lot from different angles. This is a good TOUR event; it won't be that easy and I won't make the cut every time. But I think I learned more."
Starting his second round off the 10th tee, Guan double bogeyed the 12th. He bounced back with a birdie, but then suffered five consecutive bogeys to finish his first nine in 41.
He steadied himself on the final nine, with one birdie and seven pars until reaching his final hole of the day, the par-4 ninth, which he double bogeyed after having to take a penalty stroke following an errant tee shot.
"Last couple of holes on the first nine, I think I didn't play bad," Guan said. "Just got in the wind and I got some bad luck, but that's golf. But I don't think I played really bad on the back, so I calmed myself down a little bit and just got better on the back nine."
Guan, who played on sponsor's exemptions in New Orleans and Dallas, said he was not sure what his schedule would be for the near-future, although he did say he had a "couple of invites" to consider.
An upcoming U.S. Open qualifier also is on his schedule, although he said he's not sure if he'll play.