Youngest master making history at Augusta

Tianlang Guan of China plays during the third round of the 77th Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club April 13, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. AFP/Getty Images

(CBS News) AUGUSTA, Ga. - There's a new crowd favorite at Augusta this week: the youngest golfer in the field - the youngest golfer ever in the field at the Masters. He's come a long way to make history.

Tianlang Guan made golf history Saturday, the youngest golfer to ever to make the cut at the Masters and play on the weekend. Guan - from China - is just 14 years old.

Kate Pinkerton made sure to see him play.

"I can't say his name, so I just kept calling him the kid, 'The kid's coming, the kid's coming,'" Pinkerton said.

In the first round Thursday, Guan played with two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw and beat him by 8 strokes. Crenshaw said, "He played like a veteran."

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Jeffrey Lewis admires what he sees in the 120-pound phenom.

"I just put myself in his shoes," said Lewis. "Wish I could have been at that age doing that."

Guan has been playing golf since he was 4. His ticket to the Masters was winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship last November.

The Masters is a high-pressure learning experience for any first-time player - much less an 8th grader. On Friday, after a warning, Guan was penalized for slow play on the 17th hole.

"The winds switch a lot, so I just have to change my clubs so this like over 50 seconds," Guan said.

He took the one-stroke penalty in a way many pros years older never would - in stride.

"I respect their decision," Guan said.

Marty Meador likes Guan's composure.

"The real unfair part would have been if he had missed the cut because of it," he said.

He didn't. Guan shot a 77 Saturday to be 9-over par in his first Masters. But if this week is any indication, it surely won't be his last.

  • Terrell Brown

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