Chinese amateur, 14, qualifies for Masters

Guan Tianlang of China poses with the winner's

Guan Tianlang of China poses with the winner's trophy at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Amata Spring Country Club, in Chonburi, Thailand. (Nov. 4, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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Guan Tianlang is an eighth-grader from China who barely weighs 125 pounds and doesn't hit the golf ball far enough to reach some par 4s.

The next stop for the 14-year-old prodigy will be the Masters, where he will tee it up with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson at Augusta National.

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Guan completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, making a 5-foot par putt on the final hole at Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand, for a one-shot win that earned him an invitation to the Masters.

"I'm really excited about it," Guan said after closing with 1-under-par 71. "I will be training maybe a little bit harder and got some more power for that because I'm still growing right now. So it will be great fun."

He is believed to be the youngest male to play in a major championship. Andy Zhang of China, who trained at a golf academy in Florida, was 14 years, 6 months when he qualified for the U.S. Open last summer. Guan would be about a month younger.

Guan started playing when he was 4, going to the golf course with his parents. He goes to California for about three months during the year, staying with relatives in Los Angeles and San Diego to train. He first got attention last year at the Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego when he won his age division (11-12) by 11 shots.

Lehman wins Schwab titleTom Lehman won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to become the first player to win the season points title two straight years. After shooting 68-63-62 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round, Lehman birdied four of the last five holes for a 5-under 65 and a six-stroke victory at Scottsdale, Ariz. . . . Ian Poulter shot 7-under 65 to rally from four strokes back to win the HSBC Champions in Shenzhen, China. Phil Mickelson (68), Jason Dufner (64), Scott Piercy (65) and Ernie Els (67) tied for second at 269 . . . Stacy Lewis rallied to win the Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan, for her LPGA Tour-leading fourth title of the year, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64. -- AP

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