AJGA player becomes youngest in Masters history


Fourteen-year-old Tianlang Guan will become the youngest player in Masters history next April after he earned an invitation by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand. Guan, a current AJGA player, led the tournament wire-to-wire, finishing with a 15-under-par total of 273.

The China native will become the youngest player in a Masters field by two years. Matteo Manassero was 16 when he played in 2010 after winning the 2009 British Amateur.

Guan made his AJGA debut at the 2011 Emerson Junior Classic where he finished seventh. He opened the 2012 season with a T11 showing at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T, and followed with a second-place finish at the AJGA Junior Open at The Legends.

The last time a current AJGA member earned a spot at The Masters was in 2010. Byeong-hun An played in the 2010 tournament by virtue of winning the 2009 U.S. Amateur. In the midst of a full AJGA schedule, An claimed the U.S. Amateur title at the age of 17, becoming the youngest in tournament history. He returned the following week to post a top-20 performance at The Junior PLAYERS Championship.