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Won 2 Watch: Matteo Manassero
Posted By High Fade On Mar 21 2011 @ 12:33 pm In PGA | No Comments
Manassero is quietly rewriting history before our very eyes. At the age of 16, Manassero became the youngest British Amateur Champion and the youngest to make the cut at the 2010 Masters. Turning professional shortly thereafter, at the age of 17, Manassero then became the youngest to win a European Tour event, the 2010 Castello Masters.
Securing his playing privileges for the next two years on the European Tour, Manassero has now ventured state side to challenge the world’s best players. Thus far in his 2011 PGA Tour campaign, he has played anything but his age. Manassero reached the 3rd round of the 2011 WGC Accenture World Match Play Championship, beating the likes of Steve Stricker and Charl Schartzel before losing to the eventual champion, Luke Donald. Manassero then backed up that performance with a top 20 finish at the 2011 Transitions Championship, on a challenging layout to play for the first time, the Innisbrook-Copperhead Golf Course.
Performance Outlook: Currently ranked 55 in the World Golf Ranking, Manassero needs to eclipse the top 50 to be eligible to play in the 2011 Masters. That would require a strong finish at the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational, another tournament he will be playing for the first time. However even if Manassero doesn’t automatically qualify for the 2011 Masters, he remains a talented player to watch in the future. Let’s not forget that in the two majors that Manassero has played thus far in his young career, the 2009 Open Championship and 2010 Masters, he finished T13 and T36 respectively, a definite sign of great things to come for the young Italian.
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