Guan to join Woods, McIlroy at Mission Hills

The Sports NetworkOctober 21, 2013 

(SportsNetwork.com) - Tianlang Guan, who made a big first impression at the Masters last April, will join Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at Mission Hills next week for a skills session.

Woods will travel to China to face McIlroy in The Match at Mission Hills. McIlroy is already in China for this week's European Tour event, the BMW Masters.

Guan finished 58th at the Masters, then took 71st at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He missed the cut in his other three PGA Tour starts.

"I met Tiger at the HSBC Championship when I was 12, and we played a par-3 hole together. Met him the second time at Mission Hills Shenzhen and received a trophy from him. And, of course, I got to play with him for 9 holes at Augusta National on the Tuesday of the Masters; it was a dream come true, as everyone knows he is my idol," Guan said. "I haven't played with Rory before, but we had a nice chat at the Masters. He was very supportive and said he wasn't as good as me when he was 14. He is humble and a very sweet guy."

The trio will appear at a junior clinic, as well as participate in a skills challenge before the Woods/McIlory match.

"I can't say how much in terms of golfing skills I have learned from the instructor, but I shall say the whole experience did inspire and motivate me to practice harder and become a better golfer," Guan said having attended a past junior clinic that Woods put on at Mission Hills.

Woods and McIlroy will next do battle in two weeks at the Turkish Airlines Open.

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