Skip to comments.At 14, China’s Tianlang Guan stuns veterans with a 73 in first round of Augusta Masters
Posted on 04/12/2013 9:25:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
To put this performance into perspective, consider that Guan finished his first career Masters round tied with five major champions and two strokes ahead of the defending champion, Bubba Watson.
He should have been a nervous wreck, a golfing shambles. The sheer length of Augusta National was supposed to overwhelm Tianlang Guan, remind him that he is 14 years old, an eighth grader, a thin reed in a forest of pines.
Instead, Guan rolled a 20-foot, pin-high putt into the cup on the 18th hole for a final birdie, giving him an impressive 1-over 73 in the first round Thursday. Altogether, he recorded four birdies and five bogeys on the round.
Like a dream come true, Guan said. To put this performance into perspective, consider that Guan finished his first career Masters round tied with five major champions and two strokes ahead of the defending champion, Bubba Watson.
His mom had packed him a snack in the morning and then off he went, the youngest Masters competitor in history. He impressed a lot of people, although Guan appeared least surprised of all by his own success. When asked about his career goals, Guan was not particularly modest.
Hopefully I can win the four majors in one year, he said.
Ben Crenshaw, one of his two playing partners on Thursday, did not disagree. Crenshaw has become something of a tutor for Guan here, has played a practice round with him and dined with Guans uncle to discuss the kids future.
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Big deal. I shot 68 on the 1st six holes...
Hey Fred Couples, is that you? :)
I was at the practice round there on Tuesday and followed him for a couple holes - the kid is the real deal. Tom Watson was in the foursome and he would stand back to watch Guan tee off. He would smile and shake his head once off the tee - alot of fun to watch.
Naw, I still have sex and hate ugly pants...
He’s the real deal, but he’s the product of a system - robotic, no emotion, etc. If China wants to kill the PGA, just have the leader board flooded with robotic commies. The golden goose will die.
Korean domination has almost destroyed the LPGA.
the kid is having a pretty good 2 round too at 2 over par thru 13 when there are only 10 under par rounds from the entire field.
the course is playing really tought today.
“Korean domination has almost destroyed the LPGA.”
Maybe the Americans and Europeans gals could play better instead.
It is getting a bit better on LPGA. At least the leading players such as N.Y. Choi, Inbee Park & So Yeon Ryu etc can speak decent English and can smile.
Non-Korean players need to learn from the smooth swings of the Korean players. Paula Creamer would have become another Annika Sorenstam if she got rid of her violent body motion with the longer clubs.
Rickie Fowler playes well in wet weather.....go Rickie...get R done !!!!!
The infamous 18th “Windmill Challenge” at Joe's Putt-Putt Golf at Coney Island....I lost it....cracked!...Took a 10 and never played Putt-Putt golf again....Sad but true......*W*
That may be true, but you missed my point totally - which is - fans don't want a bunch of foreign golfers who all have similar sounding short names, look alike, and for the most part are robotic. The fans are turned off, and that's my point. As for the competitive aspect, I have no problem with it. Golf is a pure meritstocracy.
I think tall Asians with long torsoes may have a natural advantage in golf, and we should expect more of them competing at the top—whether government-sponsored or not.
My buddy and I had two Korean men in our weekly foursome. Funny guys, told us stories about their kids and what they did in business.
Their swings were identical. Mechanical. Down the center of the fairway, lay up, on the green and then they fell apart. Every Korean I played a round with was the same way.
I actually went there years ago.
Far East Asian is genetically interesting. It is said today, man is composed of Neanderthal and Cro Magnon (modern) genes because both actually existed side by side and interbreeded, and Cro Magnon is suppose to be more aggressive and smarter then Neanderthal. Africans are suppose to have mostly Cro Magnon, Europeans have more Neanderthal, and Far East Asians have the most Neanderthal genes. Neanderthal is suppose to be less intelligent, yet Far East Asians have the highest IQ test scores while Africans in general have the lowest IQ test score. Go figure?!!! The other fact geneticist found is Far East Asians have a mutation that separates them from blacks and whites. Asians have thicker hair, more sweat glands and women in general have smaller breasts. Guess they traded more brains and less breasts? Well at least the white men and black men have more fun then the Far East Asian guys/ joke, but a very smart wife on the other hand can be very useful.
That may be the case - interesting point - still won’t sell with the public IMO.
Asians tend to have lower testosterone levels, by a bit, than whites, who have lower levels, by a bit, than blacks.
For men, high intelligence actually tends to be linked to lower testosterone—e.g., check out a college physics or math department. For women, however, it is linked to relatively higher testosterone levels—e.g., check out a college physics or math department.
Also, very athletic men are less likely to be very intelligent, whereas athletic women are more likely to be so.
As to Asian women and intelligence, obviously they haven’t been short-changed there, and of course there is more going on than what I’ve simply described.