Does Guan match other phenoms?

Guan Tianlang stole the headlines at the Masters with his

improbable 73 at the ridiculously tender age of 14 on Thursday. The

Chinese phenom punctuated his astounding round with a birdie from

the fringe on 18. But did all the success go to the kid’s

head? “Hopefully I can win the four majors in one year,” Guan


Hey kid, not even Tiger Woods has done that. But Guan’s

impressive play and confident comment got us thinking. How does his

performance in his first major event compare to former child

prodigies’ first taste of the big stage?

Tiger Woods

First introduced to the world at age 2 when he


putted against Bob Hope on “The Mike Douglas

Show,” Tiger Woods has wowed golf fans ever since. From



playing with Sam Snead and impressing


NFL great Fran Tarkenton at age 5, Tiger seemed

destined for greatness.

And his moment came in the 1997 Masters.

Less than a year after turning pro, the former Stanford star

announced his presence with authority, cruising to a record 12-shot

victory at Augusta and becoming the youngest to win the green

jacket. He was also the first African-American to win at the


The win also produced one of the


most emotional moments in Tiger’s career.

Tough to beat this one.

LeBron James

The high school hoops prodigy was on the cover of Sports

Illustrated at 17 with the headline “The Chosen One.”

The Cavs made the St. Vincent-St. Mary’s phenom the No. 1

overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.


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LeBron lived up to the hype, and then some, taking home Rookie

of the Year honors. But LBJ didn’t get a taste of the

playoffs until his third season in the league. He didn’t

disappoint there, either.

In his first playoff game against the Wizards, LeBron did what

he’s most known for doing — notching triple-doubles.

King James went for 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while

playing all 48 minutes in the Cavs’ 97-86 win.

Wayne Gretzky

The Great One seemed to be born to play hockey. Gretzky


fell in love with the game at a young age and

never looked back. At age 6, he played for a traveling team that

competed against 10-year-olds and though he scored one goal that

year, the next year he scored 378.

Despite leading the NHL in points scored his rookie season at

age 19 and being a first-team All-Star, Gretzky did not take home

top first-year honors because a rule in place at the time

prohibited players who played in the WHL from winning rookie of the

year. But he still took home league MVP, and the rookie slight

didn’t affect his playoff performance.

In three games against the Flyers, Gretzky totaled two goals and

one assist, paving the way for arguably the greatest career in NHL


Oh, and Wayne should get some extra points for this too.


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Bryce Harper

The free-swinging Nationals star hit the scene as a

power-hitting high school catcher and became a national star when

he was tabbed as the “Chosen One” by, you guessed it,

Sports Illustrated. Washington scooped him up with the No. 1

overall pick in the 2010 draft, one year after the Nationals took

Stephen Strasburg with the top pick.


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Last year at age 19, Harper made the big club as an outfielder

and became an instant favorite for Rookie of the Year honors.

Though he struggled with strikeouts (120), Harper held on to

receive top rookie honors.

The Nationals made the playoffs but it wasn’t the best of

showing for Harper, who batted .130 in the series and struck out

eight times in five games.

But Harper seems to have put those struggles behind him this

season, becoming the fourth player in MLB history aged 21 or

younger with four home runs through his team’s first eight


Mike Tyson

Iron Mike burst on to the heavyweight scene in 1985 and

proceeded to annihilate the competition. Under the tutelage

legendary trainer Cus D’Amato, Tyson soared up the

heavyweight ranks, eventually facing Trevor Berbick for the WBC

title in 1986.

Tyson jumped on Berbick early, pummeling him with vicious shots



knocking down the defending champion two times,

the second of which ended the fight. At 20 years old, Tyson become

the youngest heavyweight champion.