Masters 2013: Tianlang Guan assessed 1-stroke penalty after warning on 12th at Augusta

Mike Ehrmann

The reaction to a controversial one-stroke penalty for a the 14-year old has been swift and furious.

Drama! has hit Augusta National Golf Club, and it's not because of golf. Tianlang Guan, a 14-year old Chinese amateur who's been the story of the week so far, was assessed a slow-play penalty on the 17th hole of his second round. Guan was sitting near the cut line at 3-over at the time, and he was forced to mark a bogey on his scorecard on No. 17, even though he made only four strokes on the hole.

Guan was apparently warned about the pace of play from rules official John Paramor, a EuroTour official who was called the "Joey Crawford of golf." Here's Paramor warning Guan as he prepared to cross the bridge to the 12th green at Amen Corner:


And then just five holes later, Paramor worked up the onions to hand the 14-year old the one-stroke penalty. Here's the confrontation where Guan became aware of the impending penalty:


It's a pretty dramatic move to hand it out to the 14-year old amateur, as almost every round out is exceeding five hours today. Guan's round was roughly five hours and 15 minutes, so there was nothing too egregious about the pace. It's slow, but not abnormal, and there hasn't been a slow-play stroke penalty assessed to a player at a major since 2004. This one could prevent history, as Guan was just inside the cut line at 3-over and now has to settle at 4-over. The cut is now hovering around 5-over, and he still has a shot to make it if he's within 10 strokes of the leader.

As you can imagine, the reaction from Twitter was swift and furious. Here's a sample, including some quotes from Lil' Wayne and his playing partners, Ben Crenshaw and Matteo Manassero (quite a cross-section there):

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