Prodigy Guan misses cut in Tianjin

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 Guan Tianlang. [File photo]

Guan Tianlang. [File photo]

Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang, 13, missed out on becoming the youngest player to make the cut in a European Tour event when he finished 12 over par after 36 holes at the China Open in Tianjin yesterday.

The Guangzhou schoolboy followed up his first-round 5-over 77 with a 79. Guan was tied 150th out of 155 players in the US$3 million event co-sanctioned by OneAsia.

Guan had already made history just by teeing off in Tianjin at the age of 13 years and 177 days. The youngest cut-maker on the European Tour is Jason Hak, who reached the weekend at the 2008 Hong Kong Open aged 14 years and 304 days.

The story of the slight Guan, who started playing aged four and won the world junior title by 11 shots last year in San Diego, has outshone some of the big names taking part in Tianjin, including Ian Poulter and Paul Casey.

Shared the lead

After two rounds England's Gary Boyd and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet of France shared the lead with 11-under 133 each.

England's Poulter had a 71, scraping over the cut by a single shot, and Colin Montgomerie was seven strokes off the lead. But Casey, who has struggled with injury, missed the cut at 3-over 147.

In Jakarta, England's Lee Westwood was rewarded for his patience with a flawless 4-under 68 as he took the second-round clubhouse lead at the weather-hit Indonesian Masters yesterday.

The world No. 3 made eight consecutive pars before birdies on holes 18 and 3 followed by two closing birdies for a 11-under 133 at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.

Westwood, who finished third at this month's Masters, is five shots clear of Kieran Pratt of Australia, who posted a 65.

Zaw Moe of Myanmar was on 8 under through 12 holes, before play was abandoned at 5:27pm due to the threat of lightning.

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