Tianlang Guan, 14-year-old phenom who made history at The Masters, shot even par in the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Guan became the youngest ever to make The Masters cut earlier this month and became a worldwide sensation over the course of the tournament.
The Guangzhou, China native struggled through his final two rounds at Augusta before finishing highest of all amateurs in the field. His performance went over much better than anticipated and he received a sponsors exemption to play in the Zurich Classic because of it.
The up and coming golfer isn’t allowed to make money on the course, just like every other amateur, but that hasn’t stopped him from enjoying his time on the PGA Tour. The youngster validated his Masters’ performance on Thursday with an opening round of even par at TPC Louisiana.
Guan’s big day didn’t start off on the right foot as he bogeyed the first hole and dropped another shot on the par-four sixth. He quickly responded with a birdie on seven and saved par over the next two holes to remain one-over heading into the back nine.
A large gallery followed Guan as he continued his play and the future star kept composed the entire time. He took advantage of another par-five with a birdie on the 11th hole to move back to even par and wasn’t done yet.
Guan remained focused as the gallery grew larger after he finished each hole. Par saves over the next four holes made Guan look like a seasoned veteran of the tour before a slip-up on the 16th.
He found the fairway bunker off the tee but recovered to save bogey with two holes remaining in his round. Guan responded once again and sunk a birdie chance on the par-three 17th green before making par on the final hole to end with a first round of 72.
Here’s Guan’s first round highlights as he sported an all-white outfit while playing next to Justin Bolli and Henrik Norlander:
Bolli finished three-under par while Norlander was a shot behind him at two-under. Ricky Barnes was your leader after day one at eight-under while reigning champion Jason Dufner finished tied for 39th after an opening round of 70.
Notable lefty Bubba Watson didn’t have his best on Thursday and finished a shot behind Guan at one-over par. Tianlang’s bright future can be confirmed by the 59 pro’s who finished behind him after the first round.
Will Tianlang Guan make the cut at the Zurich Classic after an amazing effort at The Masters?