Masters Update: Tiger Woods Shines, Chinese Phenom Guan Assessed Slow Play Penalty
Tiger Woods and 14-year-old phenom Tianlang Guan continued to grab headlines during day two of the Masters Tournament.
After shocking the golf world with a strong 73 at Augusta on Thursday, the Chinese teenager followed up his performance by shooting a respectable 75 today. Guan likely wishes that number were 74, however.
Guan had a slow-play penalty enforced on him on the 17th hole today. It was the first slow-play penalty assessed during a PGA event since 1995, and the first assessed at any major tournament since 2004. Though he may not have agreed with it, Guan handled the penalty with class.
“I respect the decision. Still a wonderful experience for me. I enjoyed this week so far. I think I did a pretty good job,” he said.
With how common slow play has become during tournaments, many were understandably upset that officials chose to make an example out of Guan, the youngest player to ever participate in the Masters tournament.
Guan can still advance to the next round, but it will depend on how the field settles as round two comes to a close. The top 50 players will make the cut, along with any player within 10 shots of the lead. At +4, Guan will advance to the next round unless a leader emerges from today at 7 under. Current leaders Fred Couples and Mark Leishman finished the day at 5 under. Unless Australian player Jason Day, currently at 5 under through 15, gets to 7 under by the day’s close, Guan is in for the next round.
Aside from Guan, another notable name brought his A-game today too. His name is Tiger Woods, you may have heard of him. Pursuing his 5th victory at Augusta, Woods was in vintage form on the links today. He is at 2 under on 16 right now, and is currently tied for fourth place in the tournament.
Woods had birdies on 5, 7, and 8 today. The missed mid-range putts that have given him issues at majors over the last several years were nowhere to be found today.
Jason Day, Fred Couples, Marc Leishman, and former Masters champ Angel Cabrera round out the leader board as of right now. Coverage for round three begins at 3:00pm on CBS tomorrow. If Guan makes the cut, he will be only the fourth Chinese player ever to do so. Pretty impressive for an 8th grader.