14-year-old Tianlang Guan made headlines even before stepping foot on American soil for being the youngest player ever to qualify for the Masters.
With low expectations set for him, Guan surprised the world when he actually made the cut and finished as the low amateur of the tournament.
Parlaying his success, Guan was recently invited to play in the upcoming Zurich Classic of New Orleans PGA Tour event next weekend. According to Nola.com:
“The Fore!Kids Foundation, host organization of the Zurich Classic, is all about benefiting youth,” said Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, whose group puts on the Zurich Classic. “Tianlang Guan represents the aspirations of millions of young golfers and golf fans of all ages worldwide.”
The Zurich Classic has a purse of $6.6 million with a winner’s share of $1,188,000, which would be an unbelievable payday for a 14-year-old kid if Guan actually won the tournament.
Guan is currently still in the states, tweeting a photos from last night’s Atlanta Hawks game:
Go Hawks… this is my first time watching live NBA game. twitter.com/Guan_Tianlang/…
— Tianlang Guan (@Guan_Tianlang) April 17, 2013
With a sponsor’s exemption to play in the Zurich Classic, It seems like his previously reported plans to head straight back to China after the Masters to catch up on school work have changed… and don’t the Chinese block Twitter???