Guan Tianlang hung on to record a one-stroke victory at the Asian-Pacific Amateur Championship at Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 14-year-old phenom from China entered the week ranked 490th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking [WAGR]. He then carded field-low scores of 66 and 64 in the first two rounds, respectively, to open a five-shot margin. After a third-round 72, he slept on a two-stroke bulge before today's finale. On Sunday, Tianlang traded four birdies with three bogeys to fend off a charging Cheng-Tsung Pan of Taiwan. Tseng, who ranks 12th in the WAGR, closed with a 7-under 65 that featured nine birdies. Alas, he closed with three straight pars to wind up one back of Tianlang, who goes in the books at 15-under 273. Tianlang earns an exemption into the 2013 Masters, where he is likely to become the youngest to ever compete in that tournament. Two-time defending champion of the Asian-Pacific Amateur, Hideki Matsuyama, finished alone in fourth place at 10-under 278.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 02:43:00 AM