Guan Tian-lang, 13, youngest ever on European Tour, at China Open April 17 2012
Guan Tian-lang will play his first ever event on the European Tour, competing at the Volvo China Open at Tianjin Binhai Lake Golf Club,
China Open, aged just 13. He is the youngest player there has been on Tour, beating the previous record by countryman Lo Shik-kai, who was 107 days older at the 2003 Hong Kong Open. Guan got into the China Open after finishing fourth in a mid-China qualifying event. He will join the likes of England's Ian Poulter and Paul Casey who are also in the field.
Guan won the World Junior crown in San Diego last year by a 11 shots after a nine-under-par 63 on the opening day.
The youngest player to ever make a European Tour cut is Jason Hak, who played all 72 holes at the Hong Kong Open as a 14-year-old amateur in 2009. Guan's ambition is to make the cut this year;
'My goal now is to be the youngest player ever to make the cut in a European Tour event, and I think if I can shoot level par or better I'll have a good chance to do that."
, operations director of the Volvo China Open thinks Guan has a good chance to make the cut;
Anyone who has seen Guan play would not rule him out from making the cut, he really is a talented young player. He displays a maturity well beyond his 13 years and doesn’t seem fazed by spectators or the intrusive nature of the media. Being a local player I expect he will receive a lot of media attention next week so I hope he does well and gives the fans something to cheer about.”
Guan Tian-lang (EuropeanTour