Friday November 2, 2012
BANGKOK (AP) -- Chinese teen Guan Tianlang began to pull away Friday in the Asia-Pacific Amateur, making nine birdies on his way to an 8-under 64 and a five-shot lead going into the weekend.
Guan, who turned 14 last week, is halfway home to becoming the youngest player ever at Augusta National. The winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur gets an invitation to the Masters and to the final stage of British Open qualifying.
Guan woke up at 4:30 a.m. for his early start at Amata Spring Country Club and wasted little time getting started, making birdies on his opening two holes. He made three straight birdies after the turn, chipping in on the third hole, and had to settle for a 64 with his lone bogey of the round on the last hole.
He was at 14-under 130.
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