The 14-year-old Chinese golfer has been assessed a one-stroke penalty for slow play at the Masters, hurting his chances of making the cut.
Tianlang Guan is the youngest player ever at Augusta National Golf Club. He was assessed the penalty at the 17th hole during Friday's second round, turning a par into a bogey. He finished at 3-over 75 for the round, giving him a 4-over 148 total.
The top 50 players make the Augusta cut, as well as those within 10 strokes of the lead. Marc Leishman was at 6 under – 10 strokes ahead of Guan.
The last player to be penalized for slow play at a major was Steve Lowery at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
The Masters Competition Committees Chairman, Fred Ridley, released the following statement to WJBF News Channel 6 concerning Guan's penalty:
“Tianlang Guan was assessed a one-shot penalty for violation of Rule 6-7 of the Rules of Golf and the Tournament's Pace of Play Policy. His group, which included Ben Crenshaw and Matteo Manassero, was deemed out of position on No. 10. Guan began being timed on Hole 12 and received his first warning on Hole 13 after his second shot. In keeping with the applicable rules, he was penalized following his 2nd shot on the 17th hole when he again exceeded the 40 second time limit by a considerable margin.”