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14-year-old Guan to play at Memorial

Although it was Australian Adam Scott who claimed the green jacket at the Masters this year, one of the big winners of the event didn't even come in the top 40.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old prodigy, became the youngest player to make the cut in a major with his 58th place finish and has since been inundated with sponsor's exemptions for tournaments around the country.

His latest was from the Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus and an exemption to play at the Memorial Tournament next week.

''I am very excited to accept the invitation to play at the Memorial Tournament,'' Tianlang said. ''It is Jack Nicklaus' event, and the same as all the golf fans out there I have very high respect to Mr. Nicklaus, not just as a golf legend, but also as a great person. He has been actively involved in the development of golf in China, and junior golf development worldwide, and as a junior golfer myself I appreciate what he has done to help us grow.''

Nicklaus met with Guan and his parents during the Augusta National weekend and was impressed by his maturity and poise.

''For his country, he's going to be the poster boy of being able to say, 'Look, I can do this. You all go do it, too,''' Nicklaus said.

''His parents are trying to figure out the best way to promote his life in golf,'' he added. ''I said, 'Let him make a few of the decisions.' They're very sharp people and he was very sharp for an eighth-grade kid to sit there and talk to us all down there. He's pretty mature. But he's still 14.''

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