PLAY IN THE MASTERS, CAUSE A STIR, get slapped with a slow-play penalty, do homework. Not exactly the life of your average eighth grader, but most certainly the life of Chinese amateur star Tianlang Guan.
Actually, homework is the one thing that’s been normal for the 14-year-old. While away from home for the last month or so, Guan’s parents have made sure the golf prodigy has kept up with his studies. Homework has been part of the daily routine except during the four tournament rounds at Augusta National Golf Club where he shot 73-75-77-75–300 to earn low amateur honors.
Guan is now in New Orleans for the Zurich Classic, in the field thanks to a sponsor’s exemption. He hopes to play faster than he did at Augusta, where “the wind swirls … so [it was hard] to make decisions in a quick time.”
He’ll keep working on his game and cracking open the books, just like he did at Augusta. Apparently, he’s not one to make excuses about his golf or shirk the opportunity to study far away from home.
“There’s Wi-Fi in the crow’s nest,” Guan said.