Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old breakout star of this year’s Masters, is sticking with his routine in preparation for play at next week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. That means practicing, studying and, yes, grinding out shots in the same deliberate manner that got him slapped with a controversial slow play penalty at Augusta.
Things have been moving fast for Guan since then, and he expects his on-course pace to pick up at New Orleans as well. “I think my routine is not too bad,” he said Wednesday. “It’s just the time it takes to make a decision. The wind at Augusta swirls, so [it was hard] to make decisions in a quick time.”
Good that one thing will stay the same for Guan, who thrust himself into international prominence last week by becoming the youngest player to ever make the cut in the Masters. He hasn’t been home to Guangzhou, China in almost a month, and doesn’t have firm plans yet for his return. Despite traveling with his parents, Guan admitted he was “a little bit homesick” on Wednesday.
But this extended trip hasn’t been a vacation for the eighth grader. According to his mother, Guan is keeping up with his studies, and has done his homework every day except during the competition rounds of the Masters. For the now-famous 14-year-old, it’s all part of the routine: And why not? “There’s Wi-Fi in the Crow’s Nest,” he said.
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