Matteo Manassero
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
4
4
4
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
4
4
3
5
4
36
72
2
3
5
4
3
5
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
6
4
4
4
4
38
74
3
4
5
4
2
4
5
3
5
4
36
5
4
4
3
6
5
2
4
3
36
72
4
4
6
4
2
4
4
3
4
4
35
4
5
3
5
5
3
3
4
5
37
72
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
4
4
4
4
4
4
3
4
5
36
2
3
5
4
3
5
4
3
4
5
36
3
4
5
4
2
4
5
3
5
4
36
4
4
6
4
2
4
4
3
4
4
35
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
4
3
4
4
4
3
5
4
36
72
2
5
4
3
4
6
4
4
4
4
38
74
3
5
4
4
3
6
5
2
4
3
36
72
4
4
5
3
5
5
3
3
4
5
37
72
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
0
0
0
14
Birdies
2
1
5
4
12
20
Pars
14
14
8
10
46
15
Bogeys
2
3
5
4
14
3
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
0
0
0
18
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
31
33
29
29
31
2
Putts per GIR
1.85
2
1.64
1.64
1.78
13
Greens in regulation
72.22 %
72.22 %
61.11 %
61.11 %
66.67 %
16
Sand Saves
0/0
2/2
0/0
0/0
2/2

Born: 19 April 1993.

Turned pro: 2010.

Country: Italy

Special interests: Football, television, music.

Career highlights: In 2009 he became the youngest winner of the British Amateur Championship at the age of 16. In April 2010 he became the youngest player to make the cut in the Masters at 16 years 11 months and 22 days. He became the youngest winner on the European Tour with his victory in the 2010 Castello Masters Costa Azahar. Won the 2010 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. His victory in the 2012 Singapore Open made him the first teenager to win three times on the European Tour.

2013 highlights: Won the BMW PGA Championship to become its youngest champion. Helped Continental Europe to victory over Great Britain & Ireland in the Seve Trophy.

2013 Majors: The Masters - Missed cut. The US Open - Missed cut. The Open - Missed cut. The PGA Championship - T72.

NGC record: Debut.


Story

It was one of the more memorable victory speeches.

Matteo Manassero had just won the 2010 Castello Masters Costa Azahar on the European Tour. It was in his rookie season. He was the youngest winner on the European Tour at the age of 17. The win came shortly after he turned professional. In fact, it came so quickly that not even he expected it.

"I am too young to have a drink, I am too young to drive, so I will not be buying a car and I have not got a girlfriend who would like a present," Manassero said after his triumph.

"This was my first chance to win a tournament, which I never thought would come so quickly and to do it is unbelievable."

But when it comes to age-related achievements, Manassero has long been breaking records.

Born in the Italian province of Verona, Manassero began his golf career at the age of three-and-a-half.

"The earliest golfing memories that I have are of the Italian Open when I was about six years of age. Watching that event is how I really got started in the game. Seve played, as did Bernhard Langer, Jose Maria Olazabal and Costantino Rocca. But I watched everybody - they all looked amazing to me. I wanted to be just like them."

He soon established himself as a top amateur, and achieved his crowning glory when he won the 2009 British Amateur Championship at the age of 16, the youngest in the history of the event. That earned him a place in the Open Championship, where he finished tied 13th to become the youngest winner of the silver medal in 60 years. He capped his amateur career by becoming the then youngest player to make the cut in the Masters at 16 years 11 months and 22 days in April that year.

After turning professional in 2010, Manassero became the youngest winner on the European Tour with his victory in the Castello Masters that year. He went on to win the 2010 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award.

His victory in the 2012 Singapore Open made him the first teenager to win three times on the European Tour.

And when he won the BMW PGA Championship this year, becoming its youngest champion, Manassero had already compiled an impressive list of four European Tour victories by the age of 20.

The young Italian has already received great praise for his talent, but there was no greater endorsement of his potential than that from European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, who declared, "He is the future of the European Tour, just like Seve Ballesteros was once the future of the European Tour".

Manassero's hunger for competition stretched to even his desire to beat Ballesteros in a chipping competition they had together when he was only four years old. And he holed his chip.

Ballesteros remains one of his greatest inspirations, even to the point that Manassero will wear similar green pants that the great Spaniard wore.

And he regards it as an honour that he and the Molinari brothers have been able to raise the profile of golf in Italy, a country more famous for its football stars.

Were he not a world-class golfer, Manassero says he would probably have gone into finance, even though he love of golf meant he didn't spend all that much time in the classroom.

With a penchant for breaking records, it wouldn't be surprising if Manassero becomes a rare winner on debut in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.