China Open: champ (13) feels the pressure

2012-04-20 00:00

WORLD junior champion Guan Tian-Lang found playing with the older boys a mite tougher as he carded a first-round score of 77 at the China Open.

Guan set a new record for the European Tour when he teed off in Tianjin yesterday afternoon.

The Chinese golfer (13) shot a five-over-par 77 as he became the youngest player to compete on the European Tour.

He bogeyed his first hole at the China Open and dropped four more shots in his next five.

He birdied the seventh, but bogeyed the ninth to turn five over before parring all nine inward holes.

Guan booked his place in the 156-man field after finishing fourth in a mid-China qualifying event and he finished day one in a tie for 149th. He will need a round of 67 or 68 to make the cut today.

Guan started playing golf at the age of four. He won the World Juniors in San Diego last year by 11 shots.

He is a 107 days younger than the previous youngest world class golfer, compatriot Lo Shik-kai, who was 13 at the 2003 Hong Kong Open.

The youngest player to make a European Tour cut was Jason Hak, who was 14 in 2009.

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