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Teen Chinese golfer getting used to attention

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 6:53 am •  Published: April 24, 2014
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SHENZHEN, China (AP) — One year after his stunning debut at the Masters, Chinese 15-year-old golfer Guan Tianlang is growing accustomed to being in the spotlight.

Guan looked composed and confident as he shot a 1-under 71 in the first round of the China Open on Thursday in front of a gallery that grew to more than 100 spectators midway through the front nine.

The teenager's star has risen quickly in China since his breakthrough at Augusta National, where at the age of 14, he became the youngest golfer to make the cut at the Masters.

At this time last year, he had about 25,000 followers on Sina weibo, China's version of Twitter — not bad for a high school student. Now he's up to 2,700,000, and counting.