Slow Play Penalty for Tianlang Guan at 2013 Masters is a Joke

By Jeric Griffin

The last time a golfer was penalized for slow play on the PGA Tour was Glen Day at the Honda Classic in 1995. He was 30 years old. Tianlang Guan, a 14-year-old amateur trying to become the youngest golfer ever to make the cut at the 2013 Masters, was issued a slow-play penalty during the second round at Augusta National on Friday.

The kid is 14 years old and playing in the Masters! He’s not going to play at the fastest pace in the world! And he’s playing with Ben Crenshaw, who at 61 years old could be Guan’s grandfather!

The young phenom from China shot a three-over 75 on Friday to put him at four over for the tournament, which put him on perfect pace to make the cut via the 10-shot rule. However, this unnecessary and ridiculous penalty will make that feat a little harder to accomplish.

Seriously, did the PGA officials hit their heads? Of all the slow pokes who plague major tournaments each year, they wait until now to flag an eighth-grader who’s just looking to make a name for himself as an amateur in the biggest golf even in the world. It’s absolutely ridiculous and you can bet there will be quite a fuss if Guan misses the cut by one stroke.

Just in case you’re wondering, Matteo Manassero is the youngest golfer to ever make the cut at the Masters at age 17 in 2010.

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