14 Year Old Guan Eyes A Grand Slam One Day
When you were 14 what were you up to at this time of year? Riding your bike trough puddles? Looking forward to the Easter holidays? Well you definitely weren’t gearing up to play in the Masters, unlike Chinese golfing phenom Guan Tianlang.
Last week the teenager started the final leg towards next month’s Masters Tournament with a chat with his old mate Nick Faldo who’ll join him in the famed Par 3 Tournament on the Wednesday before The Masters. This week Guan has been countin down with his date with destiny at Augusta National by being much calmer about his Major debut than a man twice, nay, three times his age.
"It's every golfer's dream to play at Augusta National," Guan said in an exclusive interview with AFP. "To be the youngest player in the history of the Masters, I feel very honoured, excited, and I'm looking forward to it."
But the youngster isn’t just there to make up the numbers telling golf.com, “Can I make the cut? I would like to make the cut, sure, but I'm not worried about things like that. Since it's my first Masters, my only goals are to enjoy it and show my best to everyone.”
Guan is a confident kid and doesn’t see this as his only crack at a Major. Of his future plans the Chinese tod AFP, "I have a dream since I was a little boy, I wish, one day, I can win all four majors in one year."
Ah, the innocence of youth, and good on him. As things stand you wouldn’t bet against him completing a grand slam before he’s old enough to drive. But the wee man isn’ putting any undue pressure on himself. "I will try to embrace my first journey to the Masters as much as I can."
Something tells us it won’t be his last.