The Masters: Youthful Guan Tianlang needs to look long term

Guan Tianlang, 14, is the youngest golfer to ever play at the Masters. (Getty Images/AFP)

Guan Tianlang, 14, is the youngest golfer to ever play at the Masters. (Getty Images/AFP)

IAN HUTCHINSON, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:43 AM ET

The premature coronation of Tiger Woods as 2013 Masters champion will eventually get tedious and attention will turn elsewhere, likely to the first women members of Augusta National, more symbols of political correctness than meaningful societal change.

Actually, that’s already happened with Condi Rice teeing it up with Phil Mickelson last Sunday to make the inclusion of female power brokers into an exclusive country club seemingly a beacon for anonymous women who don’t have such clout in matters that affect them.

There will also be a fresh face to which we have yet become accustomed, that of 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China, who isn’t even old enough to be behind the wheel for the drive down Magnolia Lane.

Guan, who brought his home work to Augusta, will be the youngest player in Masters history after qualifying by winning the Asia-Pacific Championship, an event created by Augusta National and the R&A to promote growth of the game in Asia, last fall.


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