Chinese teen earns invitation to Masters

Posted: November 05, 2012

GUAN TIANLANG is an eighth-grader from China who barely weighs 125 pounds and doesn't hit the golf ball far enough to reach some par 4s. The next stop for the 14-year-old prodigy will be the Masters, where he will tee it up with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson at Augusta National.

Guan completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, making a 5-foot par putt on the final hole at Amata Spring Country Club for a one-shot win that earned him a Masters invitation.

"I'm really excited about it," Guan said after closing with a 1-under 71. "I will be training maybe a little bit harder and got some more power for that because I'm still growing right now. So it will be great fun."

In tournaments: * 

At Shenzhen, China, Ian Poulter shot a 7-under 65 to rally from four strokes back to win the HSBC Champions. Poulter won by two strokes. He finished at 21-under 267 on the Olazabal Course at Mission Hill Golf Club.

Meanwhile, organizers said the HSBC Champions will become an official PGA Tour event next year.

* At Scottsdale, Ariz., Tom Lehman won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to become the first player to win the season points title 2 straight years. He finished at 22-under 258 on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course to break the tournament mark for lowest score.

* At Shima, Japan, Stacy Lewis rallied to win the Mizuno Classic for her LPGA Tour-leading fourth title of the year, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke victory. Lewis finished at 11-under 205 at Kintetsu Kashikojima.

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