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14 year old Guan sets sights on US Open after taking Masters amateur crown

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Guan Tianlang of China at Augusta today

Guan Tianlang of China at Augusta today

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Guan Tianlang of China at Augusta today

Guan Tianlang is considering trying to qualify for the US Open after enjoying his Masters debut, despite being penalised for slow play yesterday.

Guan, at 14 the youngest player ever to compete at Augusta, was given a one-shot penalty on the 17th hole of his second round, leading to an anxious wait before discovering he had made the cut on the mark of four over par.

As the only one of six amateurs in the field to do so, Guan is already assured of being the leading amateur, although a round of 77 today left him nine over par and next to last.

"I was pretty excited (to make the cut) and I get to play with all the top players on the weekend," said Guan, who advanced on the 10-shot rule after leader Jason Day finished at six under par.

"It's great for me and I think I had a pretty good run in the first two days, and today feels pretty good, not bad. I was unlucky a couple of times, but that's golf.

"It's just a great week for me, and I really enjoyed it. People here are nice, and I learned a lot from the top players."

Guan will receive the Silver Cup awarded to the leading amateur in the Butler Cabin tomorrow, at the same time as the champion receives their Green Jacket.

"It's my honour to be there and I'm really happy," he said.

Asked for his reaction to Tiger Woods receiving a two-shot penalty for an incorrect drop, Guan added: "I think rules are rules and I respect the decisions they make."

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