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Eighth-grader wins title, earns berth at Masters

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM
SHENZHEN, China -

Guan Tianlang is an eighth-grader from China who barely weighs 125 pounds and doesn't hit the golf ball far enough to reach some par 4s. The next stop for the 14-year-old will be the Masters, where he will tee it up with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson at Augusta National.

Guan completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, making a 5-foot par putt on the final hole at Amata Spring Country Club for a one-shot win that earned him an invitation to the Masters.

"I'm really excited about it," Guan said after closing with a 1-under 71. "I will be training maybe a little bit harder and got some more power for that because I'm still growing right now. So it will be great fun."

He is believed to be the youngest male to play in a major championship. Andy Zhang of China, who trained at a golf academy in Florida, was 14 years, 6 months when he qualified for the U.S. Open last summer at The Olympic Club. Guan would be about a month younger.

Pan Cheng-tsung of Taiwan, the second-ranked amateur in Asia, made par on the 18th hole for a 65 that left him one shot behind. Guan, the youngest player at the Asia-Pacific Amateur, hits the ball only about 250 yards off the tee, and even a 3-wood for his second shot left him short of the green.

He rolled in the final stroke with a belly putter, which he began using in June because he feels more stable over the putts.

Poulter rallies to win HSBC Champions

One month after leading an improbable European rally in the Ryder Cup, Ian Poulter won for the first time this year. He closed with a 7-under 65 to come from four shots behind and win the HSBC Champions for his second career World Golf Championships title.

Phil Mickelson (68), Jason Dufner (64), Scott Piercy (65) and Ernie Els (67) tied for second. .

CHAMPIONS TOUR: At Scottsdale, Ariz., Tom Lehman won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to become the first player to win the Champions Tour season points title two straight years.

Lehman birdied four of the last five holes for a 5-under 65 and a six-stroke victory.

He finished at 22-under 258 on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course to break the tournament mark for lowest score.

Jay Haas shot a 69 to finish second.

LPGA: At Shima, Japan, Stacy Lewis rallied to win the Mizuno Classic for her LPGA Tour-leading fourth title of the year, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke victory.

Lewis, seven strokes behind South Korea's Lee Bo-mee entering the round, had 10 birdies and two bogeys to finish at 11-under 205 at Kintetsu Kashikojima.

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