Matteo Manassero is a young Italian professional golfer, record holder for the youngest winner of aEuropean Tour. Born in Negrar, in the Province of Verona, on April 19th 1993, he began his golfing venture at the tender age of three and a half, on the Easy Golf driving range. In 1998 he moved onto a green, continuing his golf instruction with Franco Maestroni, who was responsible for his technical and athletic training from the very start.
After several national titles and a brilliant career as a young amateur, 2009 proved to be Matteo’s most successful year. Having won the Italian Championships Medal and entered into the Italian Open Top 25, Matteo then won the British Amateur Championship, becoming the youngest winner ever in golf history.
In the same year, he took 13th place at the Open Championship, taking the Silver Medal and doubling the previous record reached during the British Championship.
In April 2010, Matteo capped his outstanding amateur career with his excellent performance at The Masters. At 16 years and 11 months he made the cut, becoming the youngest player ever to compete in the tournament. This astounding result led to praises from Tom Watson, 8 time Major championship winner, playing in the same competition, who described him as a “really classy player”.
Not long after, he made the transition from amateur to professional golfer.
He played his last game as an amateur on the Royal Park I Roveri green in Turin, winning the Umberto Agnelli Trophy, and just a month later he competed for the first time as a professional in the Italian Open, playing on the same green, which has hosted the tournament since 2009.
In his first three months as a professional, Matteo took 2nd place at the Rolex Trophy, one of the rounds of the Challenge Tour, and 3rd place at the Omega European Masters.
In October, Matteo defeated his opponents at the Castellò Masters with a 4 shots clear victory, becoming the youngest winner ever in the Tour’s history (17 years and 188 days), beating Severiano Ballesteros’s record; his idol. Thanks to his achievements, he was awarded the prestigious Sir Henry Cotton European Tour Rookie of the Year 2010.
In April 2011, two days before Matteo’s 18th birthday, he won his second European Tour title – The Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. This victory launched Matteo in the world of the golfing elite and the Top 50 of the World Golf Ranking. Not long after, he competed in the Seve Trophy with the team representing Continental Europe.
In 2012 he achieved a series of positive results: he took 2nd place at the Andalusia-Costa del Sol Open, Spain; 6th at the Trophée Hassan II, Morocco; and 7th at the Maybank Malaysia Open and the Reale Seguros Open de Espana. This season ended in the best possible way, when in November he won – in a dramatic play-off against Louis Oosthuizen – the Barclays Singapore Open. This ensured him the third title of his career in less than 100 tournaments played; yet another record.
In 2013 he became fully initiated. He won the BMW PGA Championship in a spectacular play-off, setting the record for youngest winner in the history of the event, which is considered second only to the Open Championship.
In 2014, after four races in the European Tour, he spent two months in the United States with the eighth place in the Valspar Championship, the 12th in the Honda Classic and the cut in the Houston Open (PGA Tour), the 17th place in the WGC Accenture Match Play, the 60th in the WGC Cadillac Championship and a cut to the Masters. Subsequently he played two other majors, the Open Championship (19th) and the PGA Championship (cut) and another race in the PGA Tour, the Wyndham Championship (cut). In the European Tour he achieved two top ten (4th Scottish Open, 10th Volvo Golf Champions) and these placings: 22nd Nedbank Challenge, 28th Open de España, 31st Abu Dhabi Championship and Malaysian Open, 32nd Nordea Masters, 47th European Masters, 48th Open de France, 54th Italian Open, 55th Turkish Open, 59th DP World Tour Championship, 76th BMW Masters. 60th place in the European money list.
2015 was certainly a season to forget quickly. It began with five cuts in a row, then after an out-of-tour appearance in the National Open Championship with ninth place, Manassero seemed to recover, finishing 18th in the Volvo China Open, 29th in Shenzhen International, 46th in the BMW PGA Championship, 59 ° in the Trophée Hassan II and 61 ° in the Open de España. So the darkness with thirteen consecutive cuts suffered (12 in the European Tour, including the one in the Open Championship, the only major to be admitted, and one in the Japan Tour). He concluded in 167th position in the order of merit.
The spiral of cuts continued at the beginning of 2016 and was interrupted after sixteen with 59th place in the Dubai Desert Classic. The spiral of cuts also continued at the beginning of 2016 and was interrupted after sixteen tournaments (15 in the European Tour and one in the Japan Tour) with 59th place in the Dubai Desert Classic. From that moment began his recovery that had the key moments with the third position in the Scottish Open and with the 17th in the Turkish Open, not so much for the placement, but because in the penultimate race of the season one lap from the second was second. He also qualified for the US Open by returning to play a major club outside Europe after about two years. In total he has played 27 races, suffering 15 cuts and going to coin in these other nine: Nordea Masters (12th), BMW International Open (13th), Trophée Hassan II (22nd), Shenzen International (24th), KLM Open (45th), US Open (46th), British Masters (49th), Maybank Championship Malaysia (50th), Nedbank Golf Challenge (55th).
Two other important moments in his season are the presence at the Olympics with his teammate Nino Bertasio (27th) and in the World Cup (disputed with Francesco Molinari) in which Italy has achieved a fine sixth place. Out of circuit: 23rd in the National Open Championship. Orders of merit: 73th in the European Tour and third in Italian.
In 2017 he obtained the best results in the European Tour, the third place in the Hero Indian Open, the ninth in the D + D Real Czech Masters and the 17th in the KLM Open.
At the end of 2017 Matteo received the "Fair Play of the Year" award during the evening dedicated to the protagonists of Italian sport for the delivery of the "Gazzetta Sports Awards".
Off the green, Matteo is a Milan supporter and takes part in numerous charity activities. He is the proud ambassador for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, the Laureus Foundation, the Associazione Dravet Italia and the A.B.E.O. (Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology).
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