Guan Tianlang of China is one round away from becoming the first 14-year-old to play in the Masters.
Guan overcame some early nerves and a difficult course at Amata Spring in Bangkok Saturday with a par 72 to take a two-shot lead over Oliver Goss of Australia going into the final day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
The winner gets an invitation to play in the Masters, along with an exemption to the final stage of qualifying for the British Open. The youngest competitor in Masters history was Matteo Manassero of Italy, who was 16 in 2010.
Goss, a quarterfinalist in the US Amateur and winner last week in the Western Australia Open, shot a 69 in tougher conditions. He has a big advantage in distance over the 125-pound Guan.
‘‘He doesn’t hit it as far as other players, so I think he did really well,’’ Goss said. ‘‘I hit it longer than him, but I think he’s too young to be intimidated.’’
Guan began Saturday with a five-shot lead and dropped two shots on the front nine before he settled down with birdies on the 11th, 12th, and 14th. For the second time in three days, he made bogey on the 18th, which put him at 14-under 202.
WGC — Lee Westwood made 11 birdies in a round of 61 to grab a share of the lead with Louis Oosthuizen after the third round of the HSBC Champions in Shenzhen, China.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, came into the weekend with a five-stroke lead over the field, but struggled with his putting and had a 70.
Westwood and Oosthuizen were at 18-under 198. Phil Mickelson (66) made seven birdies and was three shots back.
It was the second time in three weeks Westwood shot a 61. But as good as his score was, it wasn’t even the low round of the day. That belonged to American Brandt Snedeker, who had a chance at a 59 but just missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole and settled for a 60 — a course record — and a 203 total.
LPGA — South Korea’s Lee Bo-Mee shot an 8-under 64 to take a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan.
Lee, a regular on the Korean tour, had four birdies on the front nine and added four more after the turn to finish at 10-under 134.
Champions — In Scottsdale, Ariz., Tom Lehman birdied the final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, moving closer to becoming the first player to win the season points title two straight years.
PGA Assistant — Jake Scott shot a 5-under 67 to increase his lead to four strokes in the PGA Assistant Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Scott had a 15-under 201 total and was four strokes ahead of Ryan Vermeer after three rounds.