No matter what the leader board says, Guan Tianlang leaves the Masters a winner.
Making history from the moment he stepped onto the first tee Thursday, Tianlang, 14, made quite an impression on Augusta National Golf Club. He finished the week without a double bogey, and never had a three-putt. (Not one that counted, anyway, though Guan was quick to point out he had one from off the green.)
With a 75 Sunday, he finished the tournament at 12-over 300 -- maybe not a threat to the leaders, but not the worst score, either.
Even a slow-play penalty that nearly cost him the chance to play on the weekend couldn't spoil his fun.
"The whole week is great for me," Guan said. "I really enjoy it. I'm having fun, and hopefully I play some good golf."
Every day brought a new adventure for this eighth-grader from China, and Sunday was no different. After making birdies on 13 and 16 -- he missed another on 15 when his 3-foot putt skirted the low side of the hole -- his tee shot on 17 landed in a spectator's bag of souvenirs.
Guan could only laugh when he saw his ball, smiling broadly as he reached into the bag to grab it. He consulted with a rules official -- he's practically on a first-name basis with the whole crew after his slow-play problems -- and eventually took a drop a few yards back and out of the walkway. He went up and over the trees in front of him and landed in the fairway, but his third shot left him 20-plus feet short of the pin.
He got within 2 feet, and tapped in for a bogey.
10 on 12th
Defending champion Bubba Watson shot a final-round 5-over 77 that included a 10 on the 12th hole. He finished at 7-over 295, 17 shots worse than the 278 he shot a year ago.
Watson had no trouble with the 10th hole, where he famously hit a wedge out of the trees to beat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff. He made par on the hole Sunday, but two holes later ran into a disaster on the par-3 12th.
Watson hit his tee shot into the water, then hit another one into the water from the drop area. His fifth went into a back bunker, but his shot from there rolled past the pin into the water. He made a 12-footer for his 10.
10 on 12th II
Kevin Na has shot some big scores before. Add No. 12 at Augusta National to the list.
He also made a 10 there in the final round. By the time he reached the hole, Na was already 9-over par and trailing the leader by 17 strokes. He hit his first tee shot at the 155-yard, par-3 hole into the pond. Then he teed up another instead of hitting his next shot from a drop spot, and put that in the pond, too. Na carded a 16 on a hole at the Texas Open two years ago.