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AUGUSTA, GA (WALB) -

One golfer will make history when he lifts the Masters Golf Championship trophy this Sunday in Augusta, but one young player will make history when he hits his first tee shot.

On Monday at the Masters there much of  the day's practice round attention went to Tianliang Guan, who may be the first player to ever bring his homework to the tournament with him. The 14-year-old is the youngest to ever play in the tournament, but he says he's not intimidated whatsoever.

"It's going to be a little pressure to me, but I'm not going to push myself too hard, and I'm just going to enjoy the game," said Guan.

Guan won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship to qualify for the Masters, and has already gotten some tips from the game's best.  Monday, he played the course with two time Masters Champ Ben Crenshaw.

Crenshaw said "You can tell he breathes golf. But he's very intent, a good concentrator. You have to be if you're going to beat a lot of people over there."

Only 14  and walking onto golf's biggest stage, Guan seems confident and mature beyond his years.

"I have the confidence and I know I can play well. So I'm going to play like myself, and not try to do too much."

Guan isn't done with the veterans. He says he plans to play practice rounds with Tom Watson and Nick Faldo as the week progresses.

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