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Guan, 14, hoping to qualify for Masters again

14-year-old golf prodigy Tianlang Guan is not merely content with one Masters appearance before he's even old enough to drive, he's now set his sights on a return to Augusta National in 2014.

To do this, Guan will look to retain his title at next week's Asia Pacific Amateur, to be played at Nanshan International Golf Club in China when the youngster will turn 15.

Not only the youngest player in a 72-hole major, Guan made the cut at The Masters in spite of a two-shot penalty for slow play.

Rapidly becoming a noted figure in his nation's pantheon of sports stars, Guan acknowledged his new found fame in his homeland.

"I think all of the Chinese people are happy for me, and I think more and more people know about golf in China," Guan saidl. "And more people know about the Masters, and I think it means a lot to the young players in China and they think probably the Masters is not that far away from them."

One thing that will be different, should he make it once more to the major, will be the choice of putter in his bag. No longer is Guan using a belly putter, having switched to the conventional stick a month ago.

"I didn't think it's too much different and which one is better," he said. "I think I change back probably a month ago, and I think – I wish – I can putt even better."

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