I don’t know what you were doing at age 14, but Tianlang Guan is proving that even a skinny Chinese kid can make international headlines. The teenager from Guangzhou, China became the youngest golfer to qualify for The Masters Tournament. At age 14, he’s literally an 8th grade boy competing amongst men, and many professional golfers much older than him struggle to even get to Guan’s current level. To put things in perspective, the legendary Tiger Woods didn’t even qualify for the Masters until he was 19 years old.
“It’s frightening to think that he was born after I won my first Masters,” Woods said. “I mean, that’s just frightening.”
It’s pretty interesting watching interviews about Guan, as I would have assumed he attended an expensive sports school (there are many in China). However, he just goes to a regular middle school in Guangzhou, balancing homework with practicing golf after school. Golf isn’t a huge sport in China, but Guan’s passion for the sport started at age four when he tagged along with his dad on the golf course. When he was just six years old, he traveled for his first international competition. Watch this kid — he’s going to be the next big thing in golf!