The First Slow Play Penalty In 15 Years Was Assessed To 14-Year-Old Tianlang Guan (VIDEO)
Tianlang Guan, the youngest player ever to compete at the Masters, was assessed a nonsensical one-stroke penalty on the 17th hole for "slow play." In a game that is known for being unbearably slow, and amongst other groups of golfers that actually played slower than Guan's, it's an undeniable injustice.
This is the first slow play penalty to be given out since 1995, and while Guan had been given slow-play warnings, there is some question as to whether he fully understood. While rules are rules, and we freely admit that golf is slow enough as it is, it seems rather arbitrary to slap Guan with the penalty when his peers are playing just as slowly, if not slower.
SB Nation has gifs of the warning as well as the penalty being assessed. First, on the 12th hole, this Augusta official probably said something along the lines of "Eat that banana quickly and get back to golfing, young man":
And then the penalty, in which this man says something along the lines of "I know I'm the worst, but...":
Guan finished at 4 over, an impressive score for such a young player. But perhaps just as impressive was the way he handled the fallout from the penalty:
The kid is squarely on the cut line, but if he doesn't make it -- and we hope for the sake of the tournament that isn't the case -- this definitely won't be his final appearance at Augusta.
[h/t BI Sports]
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