Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old who finished as low amateur at the 2013 Masters while competing as the youngest player in tournament history, accepted a sponsor’s exemption Tuesday to play in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, May 13-19 in Irving.Guan, an eighth-grader from Guangzhou, China, is the reigning Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion and has made the cut in both of his appearances at PGA Tour events this season. In addition to being low amateur at the Masters, where he was the only one of six amateurs to make the 36-hole cut, Guan finished 71st in Sunday’s final round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Included was a second-round 69 that helped him survive the cut.“What Guan has been able to accomplish at such a young age is very impressive” said Mike McKinley, 2013 Nelson tournament chairman. “We have always had a tradition of identifying young talent and giving them an opportunity to compete at the Nelson. We look forward to continuing that with Guan.”At the 2010 Nelson, Dallas resident Jordan Spieth tied for 16th while competing as a 16-year-old junior in high school. Guan will become the youngest competitor in Nelson tournament history.Other golfers to join the Nelson field Monday were Dustin Johnson, the No. 19 player in the world golf rankings, and Marcel Siem, a native of Germany who will be competing on a foreign exemption. Siem won a European Tour event in Morocco earlier this season and tied for 10th at the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open.Love in Colonial fieldDavis Love III, winner of 20 PGA Tour events and captain of last year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team, has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to compete at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 20-26 in Fort Worth. Love will be making his 24th Colonial appearance, with runner-up finishes in 1987 and 2000.
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