Guan 9 shots back at Australian Master of the Amateurs

Tianlang Guan
Tianlang Guan ( Associated Press )

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tianlang Guan shot a second-round 76 to fall off the pace at the Australian Master of the Amateurs. The 14-year-old is nine shots back of 36-hole leader Brady Watt, the 16th-ranked player in the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Guan was one shot off the lead after a first-round 68 at famed Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Watt, one of five players to hold the first-round lead, now stands at 135 (67-68) and two shots ahead of Geoff Drakeford. Canada's Garrett Rank, the 2012 U.S. Mid-Am runner-up, is in third place, three shots off the lead.

The University of Tennessee's Richard Lamb is the low American through two rounds; he's in sixth place at 140 (70-70). Peter Williamson, the highest-ranked player in the field, is at 149; the world's No. 4 amateur followed a first-round 76 with a 73 Wednesday. Cal's Brandon Hagy, No. 11 in the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking, is at 152 (73-79), while No. 13 Patrick Rodgers is at 145 (72-73). readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.