Guan, 14, set to qualify for Open Championship

Tianlang Guan
Tianlang Guan ( Associated Press )

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old Asia-Pacific Amateur champion who will play in the Masters in April, will attempt to qualify for a second major championship this year.

Guan is scheduled to compete in International Final Qualifying-Asia, which begins Thursday at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand. The top four finishers will earn a spot in the Open Championship, to be held July 18-21 at Muirfield.

“I have played at some professional golf tournaments before and it is always great to play with the professional golfers," Guan said in a release. "I can learn so much from them and the experience of playing at the professional events."

Also in the field are Washington sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan, two-time Asia-Pacific champion Hideki Matsuyama and GB&I Walker Cupper James Byrne, who currently plays on the Asian Tour.