Guan pays the penalty

He has taken the Masters by storm by becoming the youngest competitor in Masters History at the age of 14. Guan Tialang managed to win the Chinese amateur open and book his place in this year’s masters. After getting off to an incredible start in the first round after finishing with a comfortable 73 he was looking forward to day 2 of his debut at the masters. On the par 12th he took 45 seconds to put his tee in after Matteo Mannessero pulled his shot to the left of the green, when walking down to the green Guan was warned about his slow play and was finally punished on the 17th with a penalty shot which he ended the hole with a bogey. He would have made nine consecutive pars on the back nine if it weren’t for the penalty shot, which displays and justifies his appearance at the masters. He finished the second round with a 75 which saw him go to 4 over par overall and narrowly make the cut. Hopefully this is a learning curve for Guan but I believe he is extremely unfortunate with the majority of play yesterday being slow, so why single out one man and in this case a 14 year old lad on his debut at the masters.

There was even more controversy at the masters but this time with the world number 1 Tiger Woods. The world number 1 and the number 1 favourite to win the masters eligibly did an illegal drop shot on the par 5 15th, where he laid up after hitting an unusual bad shot off the tee. His third shot into the green hit the flag before shooting back towards Woods and into the water before the green. He then dropped a ball 2 foot behind where he played his third shot, which meant he broke rule 6-7 by playing from a different spot, he also knew he did this as he didn’t want to play from the drop zone so resumed to play where he originally was. Even though this is a minor mistake by Woods, it could have devastating effects and could lead to disqualification.

Yet again it seems there is an underdog leading the field which is not rare at the masters. Australian Jason Day shot an incredible 4 under par as the field fell back; Day continued his run of form to progress to the top of the leader board. Sergio Garcia started the day on top alongside Marc Leishman at 6 under, but the Spanish master class fell back early on and finished 4 over for the round but still in contention at 2 under over the two rounds.

Another incredible story is the story of none other than Fred Couples who has finished on 5 under par over the first 2 rounds. Couples managed a 71 on round 2 even after shanking a shot he did not let it faze him and carried on his game to stay near the top of the leader board. Scotland’s Sandy Lyle, 25 years after winning the green jacket ended just 1 over par after shooting 73 and 72.

The next two days look to be exciting, but who will win?

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