AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Couples sniffing around the top of the leaderboard at the Masters, regardless of his age? Dog bites man. Happens all the time.
The 14-year-old feelgood story from China, Guan Tianlang, an eighth-grader beating a lot of the world’s best players in the first major golf championship of his life, right on the cusp of making the cut, getting nailed with a one-stroke penalty for slow play?
Man bites grizzly bear.
Come on, rules people. Just come on.
This is the same week Masters and Augusta National chairman Billy Payne sat down to announce more initiatives to grow the game of golf, four years after establishing the Asian-Pacific Amateur championship that sprinkled seeds into the fertile ground of the Far East and spawned Guan Tianlang — and attracted, safe to say, more sets of eyes in Asia watching a golf tournament than have ever watched one…
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