Korean Lee Chang-woo eclipses Guan Tianlang to seal spot in US Masters

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 October, 2013, 9:53pm
UPDATED : Monday, 28 October, 2013, 2:20pm


South Korea's Lee Chang-woo earned a place at the US Masters with a commanding Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship win that left defending champion Guan Tianlang trailing on Sunday.

Lee, 19, held on for a three-shot win after firing 70 for three-under 281 at the par-71 Nanshan International Golf Club, with Japan's Shohei Hasegawa second.

Lee will follow China's Guan, 15, by playing at the Masters, and also gets a shot at qualifying for the British Open.

"Playing in the Masters has been my dream since I started playing golf," he said.

Hasegawa also earns a spot in the Open qualifying tournament, but there was disappointment for Guan, who finished eight shots back in a share of eighth.

Guan had harboured hopes of emulating last year's dream outing at the Masters, when he became the tournament's youngest player and the youngest to make the cut, and was the highest placed amateur.

"It's been a pretty amazing year for me," said Guan. "I didn't defend my title this week, although I felt like my game was good, but I really appreciate the opportunities the tournament has given me."

China's Dou Zecheng, 16, who started the day one shot back from Lee, struggled to a 75 and finished with a share of fourth place.