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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rules officials are still keeping a close eye on Guan Tianlang, a day after a penalty for slow play nearly kept the 14-year-old from playing this weekend.
The youngest player to make the cut at the Masters said he was never put on the clock Saturday. But the eighth-grader from China was told at least twice on the back nine at Augusta National to pick up his pace.
Guan's player partner, Thorbjorn Oleson, says he doesn't think the teen was lollygagging. He said Guan was handling the attention from fans and rules officials alike "really, really good."
Guan was penalized for slow play on the 17th hole Friday. The one-stroke penalty left him at 4 over for the tournament, and he had to wait until the very last group finished to learn that he could stick around for two more rounds.