Guan Tianlang shot a second-round 75 and is 4 over for the tournament.
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AUGUSTA, Georgia (USA TODAY) - Guan Tianlang was assessed a penalty for slow play Friday at the Masters, knocking him down one stroke closer to the cut line.
Guan, 14, of China carded a 75, including two bogeys and the one-stroke penalty.
Even so, he still had a chance to be playing on the weekend.
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The cut is the top 50 and ties and players within 10 shots of the lead. When Guan finished, the cut line was about 5 over. Moments later, it was down to 4 over.
"I respect the decision," Guan told ESPN after the round. "I know the rule pretty good. I think my routine is pretty good, but it was windy and it took longer."
In a statement, the Masters said: Guan was assessed a one-shot penalty for violation of Rule 6-7 of the Rules of Golf and the Tournament's Pace of Play Policy. His group, which included Ben Crenshaw and Matteo Manassero, was deemed out of position on No. 10. Guan began being timed on Hole 12 and received his first warning on Hole 13 after his second shot. In keeping with the applicable rules, he was penalized following his 2nd shot on the 17th hole when he again exceeded the 40 second time limit by a considerable margin."
John Paramor, a rules official from the European Tour, said Guan was warned on the 10th green, he was advised on the 12th tee, he was given a bad time on the second shot on 13 and warned again walking to 17th tee.
Guan was informed of the penalty as he was walking to the 17th green after hitting his second shot during a lengthy, somewhat animated discussion.
Asked if he had to make the call, Paramor said, "I feel that every time I go out. That's my job. That's what I do."
Asked if he felt Guan deserved some slack because he's 14, Paramor said, "No, it's the Masters."
Playing partner Ben Crenshaw said, "I feel sick about it."
Though slow play has been a hot topic in recent years, slow-play penalties are a rare occurrence.
The last slow-play penalty in a major was given to Gregory Bourdy of France in the 2010 PGA Championship.
The others in majors were Steve Lowery in the first round of the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, and the Edward Fryatt in the second round of the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional.
The last penalty in a regular PGA Tour event was Glenn Day in the third round of the 1995 Honda Classic.
Guan, the youngest player ever in the Masters, made bogeys on 4 and 7 and then was steady the rest of the way until the penalty was assessed on 17.
Guan qualified for the Masters by winning the fourth annual Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November as the youngest player in the field.
Guan, 5-foot-9 and 135 pounds, started playing golf when he was 4, going to the course with his parents. Now he is competing with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and some of the game's greatest.
Guan has a remarkable short game, which he mastered without a coach. He also has great hands. He goes to California for about three months during the year, staying with relatives in Los Angeles and San Diego to train.
Contributing: Associated Press