The Zone Interactive Golf Magazine (UK) The Zone Issue 20 - Page 12

THE MASTERS Guan Tianlang, the 14 year old winner of the 2012 AsiaPacific Amateur Championship on the PGA Tour this season has been claimed by an American. Lee Westwood is unlikely to ever break his duck, despite his move to America, while Luke Donald has made a painfully slow start to the season and, to be frank, just doesn't hit the ball far enough to win at Augusta. There are plenty of other Europeans in the field, of course, but none of them appear to be genuine contenders, with the possible exception of Peter Hanson, the Swede who contended for so long 12 months ago. There will be plenty of money on Hunter Mahan and he, like Snedeker, will surely take the next step sooner rather than later. If it's not going to be an American or a European, what about South Africa providing us with the next man to slip into the Green Jacket? Oosthuizen is one of the best, Charl Schwartzel has 12 already won The Masters and then there is Branden Grace, who made a huge impact on the European Tour last season, winning four times. The 24-year-old doesn't have a weakness. And then there is fairytale that is Guan Tianlang, who will be just 14 years 168 days old when he hits his opening drive. He qualified by winning the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and will be attempting to erase Matteo Manaserro from the record books. The Italian is the youngest to make the cut, aged 16 years 356 days when he did so in 2010. Guan will surely be overawed, especially as he will be carrying the hopes of more than 1.3 billion Chinese on his shoulders. Whoever emerges as the 2013 Masters champion, you can be sure of one thing - he will do so having survived four days of unremitting drama. We can't wait. THEZONE / ISSUE 20