The Straits Times
Published on Feb 28, 2013

Golf: China prodigy Guan's British Open dream almost over


LONDON (REUTERS) - Guan Tianlang's bid to make this year's British Open looked all but over after the 14-year-old Chinese golf prodigy dropped seven shots off the lead on the opening day of International Final qualifying Asia on Thursday.

The Amata Spring Country Club in Thailand had proved a happy hunting ground for Guan, who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship there in November to seal a place at the US Masters in April.

He returned to the course eyeing one of the four spots for the July 18-21 British Open at Muirfield, Scotland but might have already missed the bus after opening the two-day qualifying tournament with a one-over-par 73.

Guan stumbled on his front nine, dropping a shot on each of the last three holes, and the couple of birdies on the amateur's way back could not fully offset the damage.