Updated: 10/24/2013 01:29 | By Agence France-Presse

Matsuyama says second win will boost China's Guan

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama said Wednesday that Chinese teenager Guan Tianlang will gain a huge confidence boost this week if he manages to retain his Asia-Pacific amateur title.


Matsuyama says second win will boost China's Guan

This handout photo provided by Asian Amateur Championship on October 23, 2013 shows Guan Tianlang of China answering questions during a press conference at Nanshan International Golf Club in Longkou City, China

Matsuyama, who won the amateur trophy in 2010 and 2011 and now has a world ranking of 29, said Guan would be under pressure -- but the experience would benefit him in the future. 

"I did back-to-back wins, and the second time there was a lot of pressure on me," Matsuyama, 21, told AFP ahead of the $7 million CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur.

"I think he'll be in the same situation as me but he'll learn a lot from it and he'll gain confidence if he manages back-to-back wins.

"If he pulls it off it will be great for his confidence too. I think he needs that kind of experience and it will work in his favour in the future."

Guan was just 14 when he won last year's Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand by a shot, earning a US Masters berth as the tournament's youngest-ever competitor.

The unflappable schoolboy then caused a stir at Augusta when he survived the cut -- despite a one-shot penalty for slow play -- and lifted the Silver Cup as the lowest-scoring amateur.

Guan, now 15, will take aim at a second Masters slot as he defends his amateur title on home soil in Nanshan, China. Matsuyama said he had a solid chance of taking the honours again.

"I haven't had a chance to play with him but as far as I saw and I heard, he has a good short game and if he keeps his game sharp I think he has a decent chance," he said.

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