“I have the confidence and I know I can play well. So I’m going to play like myself,” Guan said. “I’m not going to try to do too much.”
Guan took up the game at about age four, taught by his father and inspired by watching Woods on television.
“When I was probably three or four years old, I was looking at him win the Masters and it’s pretty exciting to watch him,” Guan said about four-time winner Woods. “I played with him twice in the past couple years, and he gives me advice and I will say every time I play with him I feel a lot better, and give myself confidence.”
With golf added to the Olympic program, Chinese officials have begun promoting the sport and Guan said he believed his Masters’ appearance would help grow the game.
“I think it’s good for Chinese golf and good that more people get to know this game, to pick up this game,” Guan said.