There is an art to making it to the weekend on the PGA Tour. Golfers who have spent their whole life firing under par rounds can get on a missed cut run when they make it to the big leagues and quickly forget about posting a low score and focus only on what it will take to make a paycheck. Justin Rose turned pro back in 1998 and missed 21 consecutive cuts. Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, had a streak heading into this season of 17 straight missed cuts before making the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open. Even Tiger Woods, the prodigal son of this game, missed his first seven cuts as an amateur before making a weekend on the PGA Tour.
So that should explain a little into just what 14-year-old Guan Tianlang is doing right now in professional golf. Still an amateur, Guan became the youngest person to ever tee it up in the Masters, and went on to make the cut despite a questionable ruling on Friday at Augusta National.
His weekend showed holes in his game, but still, the kid made it past the early test and succeeded.
[Watch: Guan makes history at Zurich Classic]
This week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has just been downright silly. Guan started his opening round the way you'd expect a 14-year-old to play in his second PGA Tour event, a coming back to earth event if you will. He made two bogeys early and it seemed the fairy dust was fading and it was going to finally hit him that he was too young to be doing what he was doing.
But that theory was quickly tossed aside on Thursday. Guan opened with a round of even-par 72, and followed it up with a round of 3-under 69 on Friday that included five birdies and landed him a weekend pass in New Orleans.
Asked by the Golf Channel after his round, the Chinese star simply said, "I'm not too surprised... I think I did pretty good today."
We batted around the idea earlier this week if a 14-year-old should be spending most of his time out on the PGA Tour, but maybe this kid is just special. Maybe Guan is that "NEXT BIG THING" we've screamed about for years or maybe he's simply just a youngster that has found his game and is at peace with the golfing demons.
Whatever the case, just understand that for a second straight start, Tianlang Guan is showing the golfing world that this game doesn't care about age, skin color, ethnicity or how long your putter is; the game of golf simply asks one question - how quick can you get that little round ball in that tiny hole? Guan has been doing it at a breakneck speed, and for golf, I hope it continues.
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