The 14 year old Chinese amateur, Guan Tianlang, wowed the world at this year’s Augusta National by being the youngest player to ever make the cut in a major championship. Placing 58th at the Masters, Tianlang made the cut for the PGA Tour Stop in New Orleans. In fact he made such an impression that he has been extended an exemption to play in the Memorial Tournament next weekend by Jack Nicklaus himself.
“I am very excited to accept the invitation to play at the Memorial Tournament,” Tianlang said. “It is Jack Nicklaus’ event, and the same as all the golf fans out there I have very high respect to Mr. Nicklaus, not just as a golf legend, but also as a great person. He has been actively involved in the development of golf in China, and junior golf development worldwide, and as a junior golfer myself I appreciate what he has done to help us grow.
“For his country, he’s going to be the poster boy of being able to say, `Look, I can do this. You all go do it, too,”‘ Nicklaus said.
The Memorial Tournament will be hosted from May 30- June 2 at the Muirfield Village. Tianlang will fight many respected golfers for the 2013 title including Tiger Woods, who will be defending his 2012 title.