• 24-APR-2013

  • SOURCE: Zurich

14-Year-Old Masters Star Tianlang Guan Will Play 2013 Zurich Classic Golf Tournament

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Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, announced last week that Tianlang Guan, the youngest player ever to compete in the Masters Tournament, will tee it up at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which runs April 25-28, 2013. On April 14, Tianlang Guan was awarded the Silver Cup as the Low Amateur in the 2013 Masters at the remarkable age of 14. He qualified for the Masters by winning the fourth-annual Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November, 2012, when he was also the youngest player in the field.

"The Fore!Kids Foundation, host organization of the Zurich Classic, is all about benefiting youth," said Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation. "Tianlang Guan represents the aspirations of millions of young golfers and golf fans of all ages worldwide," Worthy added.

Zurich Insurance Group, title sponsor of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, was a founding corporate partner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2009.

"We are proud to partner with the Masters Tournament and The R&A to support the growth of the game in Asia and around the world through our sponsorship of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship," said Martin Senn, CEO of Zurich . "Tianlang Guan's victory in Thailand in November and his historic achievement last week at Augusta National Golf Club are truly remarkable. We are excited to have him join us and play in his first PGA TOUR event next week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans."

The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship began four years ago with the backing of the Masters Tournament and The R&A and exempts the winner into the year's first major and into the finals of International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship. Guan follows a great heritage of champions in the event's four-year history - including Hideki Matsayama, the winner in 2010 and 2011 and the low Amateur at the 2011 Masters Tournament.

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