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The golf scene this week

Tianlang Guan overcame a penalty for slow play to become the only amateur to make the cut at the Masters.

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Tianlang Guan overcame a penalty for slow play to become the only amateur to make the cut at the Masters.

Player of the week

Tianlang Guan. There were only three players in Butler Cabin for the presentation of Adam Scott’s new green jacket (Bubba Watson helped him slip it on), and one of them was a 14-year-old who is not even eligible to play on his high school golf team yet because he’s only an eighth-grader. Guan was a big part of the Masters, from overcoming a slow-play penalty in the second round to being the only amateur to make the cut. He made history and was easy to root for, showing a youthful poise and plenty of game.

Regular guy

It takes an all-around game to do well at the Masters, but some statistics are more important than others. Driving distance can be overrated at Augusta National, but greens in regulation and putting are two key areas in which you’d look to excel. Adam Scott led the field in the number of times he was putting for birdie — the first champion to lead in greens in regulation since Phil Mickelson in 2004. Here are the leaders in some categories, and where Scott finished:

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Driving distance: Robert Garrigus (304.4 yards); Scott (293.75 yards, 18th)

Fairways hit: Tim Clark (47 of 56, 84 percent); Scott (32 of 56, tied for 49th)

Greens in regulation: Scott (55 of 72, 76 percent)

Birdies: Thorbjorn Olesen (21); Scott (15, tied for 16th)

Putting: Rickie Fowler and Tianlang Guan (108); Scott (120, tied for 49th)

Support group

Like everyone else, the golf world paused Monday as soon as news broke about the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Many took to Twitter to express concerns and share good wishes:

“Thinking of Boston” — Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley)

“The news coming out of Boston is sobering and tragic. Thoughts and prayers to everyone affected. #PrayforBoston” — Paul Azinger (@PaulAzinger)

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the runners, volunteers, and staff at the #bostonmarathon #prayforboston” — Deutsche Bank Championship (@DBChampionship)

“My thoughts and prayers are with those in Boston. Chasing dreams should never end in tragedy. Prayers. #BostonMarathon” — Billy Casper (@BillyCasper)

“God bless Boston everyone. #whatthehelliswrongwiththisworld” — John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly)

“Sickening news in Boston, really sad, our thoughts are with all the family’s & friends affected.” — Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter)

Quote of the week

“I think probably not this year, but I think I can win it in the future.”

— Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old amateur from China, when asked after a first-round 73 if he thought he could win the Masters.

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