US Masters doesn't phase 14-year-old Chinese prodigy

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Tianlang held on for a one-stroke victory at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November of last year.

The youngster punched the air with delight before immediately being embraced by his father after clinching the win with a fearless five-foot par putt to win by a shot on the final hole.

He will be just 14 years, five months and 17 days old when he tees off at prestigious Augusta National GC on April 11th , beating the record previously set by Italy's Matteo Manassero in 2010 when he was aged 16.

The Chinese schoolboy, from the southern city of Guangzhou, is excited about the Masters and looks forward to getting underway.

Tianlang told AFP: "I'm so excited.  I'm really happy to become the youngest player at the Masters and looking forward to going there.  I don't know what is going to happen there, but I know I just want to do well.

Reflecting on the Amateur championship victory, he said: "I was checking the scores a bit on the back nine.  I just thought if I got a couple more birdies I would be the champion."

Tianlang started playing at the age of four and won the world junior title by 11 shots in 2011 in San Diego.

He has already broken records by being the youngest player to take part in a European Tour event when he played at the Volvo China Open in April of last year at the age of 13 years and 177 days.

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