So what were you doing when you were 14 years old?

Guan Tian-lang
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China's Guan Tian-lang -- just 14 years old -- won the Asia-Pacific Amateur on Sunday. In doing so, he received an invitation to the 2013 Masters, where he will be the youngest ever competitor in the tournament's history.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, November 05, 2012 | 9:26 a.m.


By now, you've surely heard about the incredible feat accomplished by 14-year-old Guan Tian-lang in the Asia-Pacific Amateur over the weekend.
The young golf prodigy from China -- an eighth-grader who barely weighs 125 pounds, according to an AP report -- capped off an incredible week by holing a gutsy 5-footer on the final hole to win the Asia Pacific Amateur on Sunday. With the victory comes an invitation to play in the 2013 Masters. 
On Thursday of Masters week next April, Guan will become the youngest ever participant in the tournament at 14 years, 5 months, 17 days. Previously, Italy's Matteo Manassero was the youngest Masters competitor in 2010 -- more than two years older than Guan -- at 16 years, 11 months and 20 days.
Tommy Jacobs was 17 years, 1 month and 21 days when he made a Masters start in 1952 and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa was just 17 years, 6 months and 23 days in 2009. 
So, we have to ask: What were you doing when you were 14 years old? Playing video games? Pick-up football games with kids in the neighborhood? Perhaps hoping that dad would have a vacant spot in his weekend foursome and ask you to tag along? Hey, maybe you were on the practice green stroking putts, dreaming, that -- if holed -- would one day win you the Masters. Here's Guan, who's actually going to have that opportunity at 14!
What Guan accomplished is absolutely incredible. It's mind-blowing, really. 
Early in the week at Augusta National, there's no question Guan will be the early story and rightfully so. No matter what that week holds in terms of a finish, the week is certain to be an unforgettable one for Guan.