Chinese amateur sensation Tianlang Guan has accepted an exemption to compete in the Memorial Tournament, officials announced Monday.
Tianlang became the youngest player ever to make a cut in a major championship in PGA TOUR history last month when he finished 58th at The Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.
Ranked No. 78 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, Tianlang followed up his performance at The Masters by making another cut two weeks later at the ZurichClassic of New Orleans, where he finished 71st.
Tianlang said he is very excited to accept the invitation to play at the Memorial due to it being Jack Nicklaus’ event.
“It is Jack Nicklaus’ event, and the same as all the golf fans out there I have very high respect to Mr. Nicklaus, not just as a golf legend, but also as a great person,” Tianlang said, according to a press release. “My parents and I got the chance to meet him in person at the Masters, and that was one of the highlights of my week at Augusta National. I appreciate a lot the Memorial Tournament for having me there, and it is going to be a great week.”
Nicklaus said he has hopes that the tournament standard will soon be to have amateurs attend.
“The Memorial Tournament has been a strong supporter of amateur golf since its inception, and each year the winners of both the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur are always invited to participate,” said Nicklaus according to the release. “We hope that in the future, we can make this a standard policy with our exemptions.”
The 38th edition of the Memorial Tournament is May 27-June 2 at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.
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