Prodigy takes tips from the master

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese golfer who will become the youngest competitor in US Masters history next year, has been busy soaking up advice from 63-year-old Tom Watson. Guan missed the cut on Friday, but was back at the Lakes on Sunday, and made sure he met the veteran American after his final round. Watson’s advice to Guan was to make sure he had a caddie at the Masters who had carried the bag before at Augusta, as well as to ”keep getting straight As at school”. Guan had previously organised a practice round before the Masters with Watson, and the eight-time major winner clearly wants to hold him to it. ”See you on [the] Tuesday at one o’clock,” he said, bidding him farewell. Watson also posed for a photograph with his final-day playing partner Matt Ballard in front of their mobile scoreboard.

Card carriers

The three-hour break in play on Sunday left players with little to do but wait for the resumption in play. Some took the opportunity to make sure their cards were in order. Others just played cards. Pictured in the players’ locker room were Damon Welsford (with his caddie) and Stephen Leaney, who had a game of Uno during the long and frustrating delay. Matt Jones practised with a laser putting device.

Tom gets a peep

Regular hackers (or at least regular Hacker readers) would know that Tom Watson (below) spent Saturday night at the Sydney Opera House at the Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake. He loved it. ”It’s the second time I’ve been to [the Opera House],” Watson said. ”That is a lovely spot … you’ve got a supreme spot. With the bridge there, it’s really a special place. Sydney’s a great city, and I enjoyed it.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.


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