Tiger Woods and Guan Tianlang during a practice round at the 2013 Masters (AP Photo). Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese prodigy who made the cut at the Masters and subsequently accepted a handful of sponsors’ exemptions on the PGA Tour, is back in the spotlight with the news that he will take on No. 1 Tiger Woods and slumping Rory McIlroy in a skills challenge in Hainan, China, Oct. 28, according to Channel News Asia.
As is often the case, Guan will be a sideshow to the main event, a match between Woods, who is coming off a five-win season, and McIlroy at the Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Haikou, on the Chinese island of Hainan.
As part of the showpiece, the “skills challenge” features the three players hitting shots at three targets at a distance of 50, 100 and 125 yards.
In a press release, Woods said of the talented Guan: “I’m really excited about his future and what he’s doing for the profile of golf in China, so it’s great he’ll be a part of The Match at Mission Hills.”
Guan added: “It will be nice to see Tiger again because he has been very supportive, such as when we practiced together at this year’s Masters.
“I haven’t played with Rory before, but we had a nice chat at the Masters and he also offered me some good advice.
“Both Tiger and Rory achieved a lot of success when they were teenagers, so I always appreciate it whenever they offer advice.”