Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : Metro Demo Contents The Masters Tournament tees off
this week and one of the names to
watch out for is a young man by the
name of Guan Tianlang. He's just 14
years old and already the world of
golf is looking at him as a phenome-
''I knew he was young,'' remarked
8th-ranked Steve Stricker on Monday.
''I didn't know he was the same
age as my daughter. Yeah, that's re-
markable. I just can't imagine being
that young and competing at this
level at such an early age. It will be in-
teresting. I'll be interested to see how
he does and how he handles it and
how he plays. It's remarkable that
he's even playing.''
Guan, was in a group of juniors who
played during the pro-am with Tiger
Woods at the HSBC Champions in
Shanghai a few years ago.
Guan had not been born when
Woods won his first major title at the
1997 Masters, but the schoolboy from
Guangzhou---the third largest Chinese
city, with a population nearly twice
times that of New York---has been in-
spired by the American and has spent
the past month in Augusta preparing
for his historic debut.
"It's exciting that I have inspired
kids to play and not just in the States
but obviously in China and around the
world. The game has become global.
There are more countries represented
on the PGA Tour than ever."
Woods was amazed, not only at
the youngster's polished swing, but
the composure playing before a thou-
Nicolas Colsaerts, who also is mak-
ing his Masters debut, said he didn't
think he would have handled it.
''You know, 14, we're all busy al-
ready playing a lot of good golf, but to
play Augusta at 14, I think everybody
is almost in shock. I hope for him he's
going to enjoy this week as much as I
am. I almost feel like I should be con-
sidered the same way because this
place needs to be treated more as a
rookie thing. But, yeah, it's quite an
achievement to get to play Augusta
and the Masters at 14 years old.''
The gravity of the moment is not
lost on the Chinese teenager.
As the center of attention this
week, a reporter was curious to know
if Guan would feel embarrassed if he
For Guan, it's more about the expe-
rience than the score.
''As I say, I'm not going to push my-
self too hard, and I'm trying to just
enjoy my game, play my best, and
hopefully play some good score,'' he
For Woods, this weekend is more
than just another major---more than
just another day in the sun at Au-
Woods is undoubtedly back---back
at world number one for the first time
since October 2010 and hot favourite
to win his fifth Green Jacket this
He's been in impressive form, win-
ning six times in his last 20 starts on
the PGA Tour.
Derailed by scandal, injury and
struggles with a new swing, is this
the start of a new period of domi-
nance for a player who was the
game's eminent force for more than a
Has Woods' recent success kick-
started his quest to break Jack Nick-
laus's record of 18 majors? After all,
he has been stuck on 14 major titles
"He loves challenges," says Mark
O'Meara, who developed a tight affin-
ity with the younger Woods that re-
mains to this day.
"He is back; the confidence, the
mini-swagger, his desire to be number
one. He is not afraid to be number
one. Not that any other player is
afraid but he's accustomed to being
Injury worries over. In a new rela-
tionship that doesn't revolve around
late-night sexting and swapping pho-
tos, Woods seems ready to meet all
challenges this weekend---especially
those in his own mind.
Let's see how this swings.
Virtually assured of a place in the Champions
League semi-finals thanks to a dominant 3-0 win in
the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid nevertheless
began the second leg in Istanbul against
Galatasaray in belligerent fashion, pushing forward
immediately in search of a goal.
Away fans---who packed their section of the Türk
Telekom Arena---did not have to wait long, as after
just seven minutes of play the Merengue got the
strike that would surely put the tie beyond the
faintest of doubts. An overlapping Sami Khedira
streaked past on the right-hand side, and put a teas-
ing ball into the middle. As the Turkish backline failed
to react, Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand to gleefully
tap home, recording his 49th Champions League goal
and drawing level with the legendary Alfredo Di Ste-
fano in the historical charts.
At that point, the match seemed like it would drag
out to the inevitable close, but Galatasaray held their
heads high, dominating possession against Jose
Mourinho's men and attempting to match their rivals.
The Turkish side continued their unlikely pursuit in
the second half, and were rewarded with their first
goal of the tie 57 minutes in---right-back Emmanuel
Eboue's stunning shot from just on the edge of the
area which left Real keeper, Diego López, no chance to
save, and put Galatasaray on the board.
Drogba set up an unthinkable last 20 minutes with
a wonderful backheel into the net, putting Gala 3-1 up
and leaving just two goals for the comeback. Drogba
thought he had leveled the tie before being pulled
back for an offside and Madrid lived to breathe an-
other day. Ronaldo confirming their passage with a
strong finish in the final minute.
Ronaldo, long reviled for not showing up for the big
games, struck the goals to guide his side through to
the last four once again.
"We're happy to get through after this difficult
game. This match will serve as an example for us in
the future; in football you can't just give chances
away. They made things hard but in reality we were
the ones who made things tricky for ourselves. We
must make sure that we are switched on for the full
90 minutes. I feel well; I did my job tonight. I am moti-
vated just as my team mates are. Let's see who we
get in the draw," Ronaldo said.
Gala centre back Semih Kaya said: "We leave here
with our heads held high. We've beaten Real Madrid
3-2. We played good. All of my friends did everything
they can do. We really believed we could go through
to the semifinals but it just didn't happen. We were
unlucky. After 3-1 we thought we could do it, 'why
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not we said to ourselves. We could really do it if we
scored one more."
Real manager, Jose Mourinho, had said earlier
that he would not be happy to lose to Gala, but had
praise for his opponent: "[Galatasaray] did not play
with 11 men today---they played with 50,000 men. In
this kind of match we had everything to lose but
nothing to gain. Now we have a semi to play, against
a great team. We do not know which one yet, but
they will be great. It will be hard but now is the time
to enjoy ourselves and not to be nervous or afraid."
Mourinho has become the second man to reach
seven Champions League semifinals, equaling Sir
Alex Ferguson's record.
Mourinho led Madrid to the last four of Europe's
premier club competition in each of his first two sea-
sons at the Santiago Bernabeu, and his team made it
three in a row with a 5-3 aggregate win which in-
cluded a 3-0 victory at home last week and the 3-2
defeat in Istanbul on Tuesday.
Madrid are still aiming for their 10th trophy---La
Decima---in the history of the European Cup and the
Champions League, while Mourinho has admitted he
hopes to become the first coach to win the coveted
crown with three different clubs.
All of Ferguson's semifinal showings have come
in his remarkable 26-year tenure at Manchester
United. The 71-year-old Scot has led the English side
to two Champions League wins, as well as two further
final appearances (both lost to Barcelona). Defeats in
his other three semi-finals (in 1996-97, 2001-02 and
2006-07) also all came against the competition's even-
tual winners - Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and AC
When asked whether he would prefer to face PSG or
Barcelona in the next round, "The Special One" was
light-footed with his reply: "Barca or PSG? I want a
place where I have friends. I have friends in Paris, not in
The Merengue join Borussia Dortmund, who booked
their space in the final four of the Champions League
with a miraculous 3-2 win over Malaga at the Signal
BVB failed to make their dominance count at La
Roselada last week and it looked to be a recurring
theme when Joaquin put Manuel Pellegrini's ahead, but
Robert Lewandowski equalised before the break. Eliseu
looked to have broken BVB hearts with a late goal but
two stoppage-time strikes courtesy of Marco Reus and
Felipe Santana ensured a win in one of the most dra-
matic comebacks in Champions League history.
Malaga president Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah
Al Ahmed Al Thani has taken to his personal Twitter ac-
count to state the following: "Thank you very much for
the team you have been Champions On the pitch. I'm
sorry to go out this way injustice and racism.
"I hope to open a thorough investigation UEFA re-
garding the Spanish club out this way. This is not foot-
ball, but racism and clear of all."
Malaga's Paraguayan striker, Roque Santa Cruz, was
emotional after Wednesday's heartbreaker: "We're still
trying to come to terms with what happened. We were
four minutes away from the semis. There is huge disap-
pointment in the dressing room. We had the tie in our
"It's such a pity to lose like this especially as every
one of us put in a huge effort. Our supporters saw a
great game and a great performance from their team. I
am sure the fans are as devastated as we are; they un-
derstand what we are going through."
Up to my deadline the other quarterfinals between
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, and Juventus ver-
sus Bayern München, were yet to be played.
DORTMUND: Dortmund's match-winner, Felipe Santana of
Brazil heads the ball during the Champions League quarterfi-
nal second leg match against Malaga in Dortmund, Germany.
RONALDO: Real Madrid's Ronaldo put everything he had into the fight against Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey.
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