Posted November 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Guan Tianlang of China is one round away from becoming the first 14-year-old to play in the Masters. Guan overcame some early nerves and a difficult course at Amata Spring on Saturday with a par 72 to take a two-shot lead over Oliver Goss of Australia going into the final day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. ''Everybody looked a little bit nervous to start with, and there was not much talking,'' Guan said. ''I then started to focus on my own game and felt pretty relaxed on the back nine, got a few birdies, so it was all right.'' The winner gets an invitation to play in the Masters, along with an exemption to the final stage of qualifying for the British Open. The youngest competitor in Masters history was Matteo Manassero of Italy, who was 16 in 2010. The third round showed that Guan still has a long way to Augusta National. Goss, a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Amateur and winner last week in the Western Australia Open, shot a 69 in tough...
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