Teen Phenomenon to Play at FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic

Teen Phenomenon to Play at FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic

14 year-old Chinese amateur golfer TianLang Guan is making a lot of noise on the PGA Tour this year. Last month Guan made history by becoming the youngest player to play and qualify for the Masters. Now the eighth grader is in town to play in the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - 14 year-old Chinese amateur golfer TianLang Guan is making a lot of noise on the PGA Tour this year. Last month Guan made history by becoming the youngest player to play and qualify for the Masters. Now the eighth grader is in town to play in the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic.

Most 14-year-olds are worried about acne or who they're going to take to the dance on Friday night. Not the case for Chinese sensation, TianLang Guan. Guan's more worried about how he's going to get out of the sand with the pros.

With a victory at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Guan received an automatic qualifier at the Masters. A dream come true for any golfer, Guan would be competing in Augusta as an 8th grader.

"Especially the Masters, I've learned a lot from them. To play with great players. All around just a couple of events, Playing different golf courses, notice how they play golf and how they prepare for it. So I've learned a lot."

To give you an idea, Guan was born in October of 1998. The Volunteers went undefeated and took down Florida State to win their first BCS title. Former President Bill Clinton was neck deep in the Lewinsky trial. And the number one billboard single was "Too Close" by Next.

2009 St. Jude Classic Champion Brian Gay says Guan is "pretty incredible, I actually played 9 holes with him at Augusta this year and met him, nice kid, got a great game. He doesn't hit it real far yet but I'm sure he'll get longer like these other guys. Pretty incredible for him to make the cut at the Masters and again in New Orleans."

"I think it's another great golf course and there's a pretty strong field this year. I just need to do my best and see how it goes," Guan said.

Although the teenage phenom is nearly a third of some of his competitor's age, no stage is too big. Guan carries himself with a motionless disposition and knows there is much room for improvement.

"It's great to win PGA Tour event. It's still really hard for me right now but I hope I can get better and better."

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