Guan Tianlang the wrong example for slow play penalty at Masters

National Post | Sports

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.

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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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