Tianlang Guan Assed Penalty for Slow Play at The Masters
Augusta, Ga – Fourteen-year-old Tianlang Guan of China shot an impressive two-day total of 73-75 (148). Despite an incredible performance, Guan’s round ended with a bit of controversy. Tianlang Guan was assessed a one-stroke penalty on the 17th hole for slow play. Guan made a par on the hole, but was forced to card a bogey 5. Guan was put on the clock on the 10th hole and received a warning the 12th hole by John Paramor, of The Masters rules committee. Paramor has been a respected European Tour rules official for over 30 years, he did everything according to the rules. Guan said he “respects the decision”, and even if he misses the cut he will have enjoyed his experience this week. The last time a player was assesed a penalty in a major championship was Steve Lowery at the 2004 PGA Championship. Guan would make the cut if he finishes within 10 strokes of the leader or he finishes inside the top-50 and ties.