14 Year Old Makes The Cut At The Masters

Fourteen year old Tianlang Guan has made the cut and will play in the final two rounds of this year’s Masters Tournament:

Tianlang Guan stunned the golf world with a 73 on Thursday at Augusta, so it was no surprise that the 14-year-old backed it up with a 75 on Friday morning. He’s 4 over for the tournament and ended up making the cut.

The big story from his round, however, was that he was pushed to 4 over because he was assessed a one-stroke penalty on hole No. 17 for slow play.

According to a statement from Augusta National, Guan “began being timed” on No. 12 and was given a warning on No. 13. He was then penalized on No. 17, when “he again exceeded the 40-second time limit by a considerable margin.”

According to Jason Ray of ESPN, it was the first time a slow-play penalty has been assessed at a major since 2004. A slow-play penalty hasn’t been assessed on the PGA Tour since 1995.

With how big of an issue slow play has become, it seems a little ridiculous that this is the first time this penalty has been enforced in 10 years.

After his round, Guan told ESPN:

“I respect the decision. Still a wonderful experience for me. I enjoyed this week so far. I think I did a pretty good job.”

He also said he switched clubs multiple times on No. 17 because the wind kept changing and was then given the penalty.

The penalty aside, which is perhaps understandable for a kid playing in the most prestigious golf tournament in the United States, this is a pretty amazing experience. Good  for you, kid.

Doug Mataconis
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Franklin says:

    Hopefully he won’t be hyped as much as Michelle Wie. It’s gotta be difficult for a kid that age.

  2. @Franklin:

    Yea, that’s a fair point. There are going to be a lot of cameras following this kid around the next two days.

  3. rudderpedals says:

    The young man just comes off supremely talented and mature and classy in the way he took the penalty. He could go far.

  4. Red Barchetta says:

    What he did is simply amazing, especially given his modest length. He handled his rules violation with class.

    Too bad a certain other well known golfer did not suffer the appropriate consequences of his blatant rules violation.