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Golf: Chinese teen sensation Guan to compete at Hong Kong Open

Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang, 15, will be a popular draw at the Hong Kong Open in early December after making global headlines with his performance in this year’s Masters at Augusta National.

Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang, 15, will be a popular draw at the Hong Kong Open in early December after making global headlines with his stunning performance in this year’s Masters at Augusta National.

November 20, 2013: Chinese teen sensation Guan Tianlang, who turned 15 last month, will compete in next month’s US$1.3 million Hong Kong Open, which will be held at Hong Kong Golf Club from December 5-8.

 

Having qualified for this year’s Masters Tournament by winning the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Guan made headlines at Augusta National as he became the youngest player to make the cut in a major, finishing 58th.

 

Guan then secured invitations to play in a further four PGA Tour events before returning to China in August to resume his studies and practice schedule.

 

However, the Guangzhou schoolboy is looking forward to making the short trip to compete in Hong Kong in early December, when Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiménez will defend his title.

 

“I am thrilled to have been invited to play in as prestigious an event as the Hong Kong Open,” said Guan, who set a then-record as the youngest man to play in a European Tour event at last year’s Volvo China Open, aged 13.

 

“This year has just been an incredible journey for me. Making the cut at the Masters was a very special achievement for me and I hope to be able to produce a similar performance at the Hong Kong Golf Club in December.

 

“When you get the opportunity to play against world-class players you cannot refuse because it’s the best environment to learn and gain experience. I would love to play all four rounds at the Hong Kong Golf Club.”

 

Jason Hak, part of the Hong Kong men’s team that claimed a silver medal in China’s National Games in September, will be another youngster to watch at Fanling.

 

In November 2008, aged 14 years and 304 days, Hak made history at the Hong Kong Open as the youngest player to make the cut in a European Tour event. The record has since been reset by Guan’s performance at the Masters, aged 14 years and 169 days.

 

Co-sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours, the Hong Kong Open will be the third tournament in the 2014 Race to Dubai.

 

The Hong Kong Open was first held in 1959 and has a star-studded list of past champions including Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie, José María Olazábal, Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy.

 

Tickets are available from www.cityline.com and www.europeantour.com/tickets

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