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14-year-old Chinese wins Asia-Pacific and becomes youngest to qualify for Masters

11/04/2012 09:16 EST | Updated 01/04/2013 05:12 EST
BANGKOK - Guan Tianlang of China has won the Asia-Pacific Championship, making the 14-year-old the youngest player to qualify for the Masters.

Guan closed with a 1-under 71 at Amata Spring Country Club, needing a par on the 18th hole to beat hard-charging Pan Cheng-tsung of Taiwan. Guan, who is in the eighth grade and weighs only about 54 kilograms (125 pounds), couldn't reached the par 4 in two shots. He chipped to 5 feet and made the putt.

Guan will be the youngest player at Augusta National next April. The previous record was Matteo Manassero of Italy, who was about to turn 17 when he played in 2010. It's the second straight year a 14-year-old from China will play in a major. Andy Zhang qualified for the U.S. Open last summer.

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