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Twitter Reacts to 14-Year-Old Tianlang Guan's Controversial Masters Penalty

Apr 10, 2013; Augusta, GA, USA; Tianlang Guan on the 9th green during the Par 3 Contest before the 2013 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.  Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 12, 2013

As if it wasn't difficult enough to battle Tiger Woods and the world's best golfers at Augusta National for the first time as a 14-year-old amateur, teenage golfing sensation Tianlang Guan was assessed a controversial one-stroke penalty at the 2013 Masters during Friday's second round:

Guan, a native of China making his PGA debut this spring, was penalized for, of all things, slow play. That's right, slow play on a golf course.

With the penalty, he would finish with a three-over 75 for the round, which has him in the clubhouse at four-over through the first two rounds. 

Of course, it didn't take long for those watching around the world to take to Twitter and chime in with their reactions to the controversial call, which puts Guan in danger of being cut before the weekend's final two rounds.

It's been almost three years since the last slow-play penalty was assessed at the 2010 PGA Championship (via The PGA of America):

Gary Lineker was quick to respond with a fitting and hilarious tweet that instantly blew up:

Meanwhile, Turner Sports' Rachel Nichols asked the question everyone was thinking:

Kala Andrews begs a similar question:

CBS Sports' Will Brinson only needed a handful of characters to describe his reaction:

Not surprisingly, ESPN's Rick Reilly opted for a sarcastic response to Friday's shocking penalty:

Even Lil Wayne agreed; bogus call:

According to ESPN UK, Guan respects the decision despite the potential consequences:

GolfChannel.com senior writer Jason Sobel explains Tiger Woods' mindset:


If Guan is able to survive the cut on Friday, then the controversial penalty will likely prove meaningless. Unless he goes on to miss out on the green jacket by a single stroke.

But regardless of how his first Masters appearance concludes, Guan's got a bright future ahead of him, as he's looked like a seasoned pro through 36 holes at Augusta National.




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