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Matteo Manassero

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/19/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 174

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Matteo Manassero sprinkled nine birdies on his card and torched DLF Golf & Country Club for a 5-under-par 36-31=67 in round one of the Hero Indian Open, good enough for a piece of the early clubhouse lead with Pablo Larrazabal and Paul Peterson.
The Italian opened with 68 here 12 months ago to be in the top three after the first 18 holes and rode that good start to finish tied tied third. He'll hope for something similar now after going one better on a course where he was one of just seven players to finish under par for the week in 2017. Manassero, who has managed just a single top 10 since his T3 here last year, picked up early birdies at 12 and 14 but then suffered a real wobble with a double at 15 and another dropped shot at the next. A bounceback birdie at 17 and a closing par balanced the books and on the second nine he really cashed in on the good scoring conditions with red circles at 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9 against a single bogey at 8 to hit the summit. It's not everyone's cup of tea but clearly Manassero enjoys the track and this is the World No. 411's lowest round since May's Rocco Forte Open. Mar 8 - 3:53 AM

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Matteo Manassero will make a sixth appearance in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC in Qatar this week.

Four times out of five the Italian has failed to make the weekend in Doha and in the last three years the reasons have been clearcut: he's only found 39.3% of fairways every single time, quite a contrast to his figure of 80.4% in 2013 which was the best of the week and enabled him to finish T22 (last year Jordan Smith attested to the difficulty of playing this course from the rough). The better news is that he played well last week, lying T9 at 36 holes and T14 after 54. Even so, he couldn't push on and recorded just T31. He's managed a mere five top ten finishes in his last 100 starts, but has at least made five of his last six cuts. Slim pickings for one who was once full of so much promise however.
Feb 20 - 3:50 AM

Matteo Manassero is in the group of one-time amateur stars thriving in the NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat; his second round 1-under-par 35-36=71 gives him a halfway total of 5-under 139, good for T9 and six swings back of the lead.

The Italian was a British Amateur Champion, like Julien Guerrier. Other linksland amateur winners in the current top ten include Daan Huizing, Marcus Kinhult and Matthew Southgate, whilst Chris Wood made the top five in the Open when unpaid. All further testimony to the success of Greg Norman in creating links-like conditions in the desert. It was a grind on Friday afternoon after the freeflowing 68 he opened with. Starting on the back nine he made early birdies at 10 and 12, but gave one of the shots back at the 18th. Another went straight away at the first, but he answered the mistakes with par breakers at 3 and 8, only to square the sixth for the second time in the week.
Feb 16 - 9:29 AM

Matteo Manassero is striping the ball tee-to-green as he heads to the Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis course at Emirates GC.

A ninth visit to the course and tournament, and whilst there have been the odd highlight, they have been very brief: a round one 66 helped him to T12 in 2013. Otherwise he is 5-for-8 with that result the only time he had ever made it into the top 30. It's on trend with his entire record in the United Arab Emirates: 17-for-22 but only twice inside the top 20 and that T12 is the best of the lot. Throughout 2017 he averaged 70.13 per lap, the first year he had dipped below 71 since 2013. His Green in Regulation number (76.39%) was his best ever, but he continues to need more than 30 putts per round. The two stats are almost certainly related, but it needs addressing nonetheless. T30 in Abu Dhabi (second for GIR), but not in the top 20 since September's KLM Open.
Jan 23 - 8:35 AM

Matteo Manassero found something with his putter last week and will hope to maintain it in the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre GC in Switzerland.

The still-youthful Italian has fond memories of this venue because it was in this tournament in 2010 that he had his first serious bid for a European Tour title. An opening 64 gave him the early lead and although he didn’t keep it he remained in the top three all week before posting T3. His putter was on fire that week as took a mere 1.54 putts per green in regulation to top that table and 12 months later he ranked first for Greens in Regulation when T18, at which point three visits had reaped nothing worse than T23. However in five subsequent hikes into the mountains he’s never been better than T34, has missed his last two cuts and lost the ability to find the Crans greens or even putt on them. Better news? In finishing T9 last week in the Czech Masters he was third for Putts per GIR, only the second time he’s been top ten in that category since the middle of 2014.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 06:27:00 AM

Matteo Manassero makes his first visit to the Czech Republic to play in the D+D REAL Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

The promise of the early season has diminished. He went 10-for-11 in that spell, earned T3 in the Indian Open and contended the GolfSixes alongside compatriot Renato Paratore. Since that run, however, he is 1-for-5 and only a second round 66 at the Irish Open stopped it being a complete wipeout. The really grim news (for pretty much everyone because the Italian is well-regarded) is that he has just two top ten finishes in nearly three campaigns. The stats (admittedly simplistic ones and quite plausibly linked) show that in the last season and this he has hit more greens in regulation than at any point in his career (over 73% both) but is taking a lot more putts (more than 31 per round).
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 07:25:00 AM

Matteo Manassero hasn't failed to cash on the European Tour since January's Qatar Masters and will make the BMW International Open in Germany his next tournament.

The Italian has made his last nine cuts although will want to do better than the T72 he managed at the Nordea Masters last time when closing 80-77 on the weekend. A top three in India is his only finish better than T20 in that run and six others have been outside the top 35 so his renaissance is far from complete yet after he went into a major slump. Still the youngest player to win a European Tour event (17 years old), Manassero has played this event four times at Golfclub München Eichenried with best finishes of T14 in 2011 and T22 in 2013. He also took T13 in last year's edition at Gut Larchenhof.
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 07:18:00 AM

Is previous winner Matteo Manassero moving in the right direction ahead of the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at the Wentworth Club this week?

Life seemed so sweet for the Italian when he won this tournament in 2013. A four-time winner on the European Tour, into the world’s top 30 and just 20-years-old. He was T4 a week later in Sweden but has finished in the top five only three times in the subsequent 103 starts. He used the exemption won here four years ago to beef up his long game and when it finally came back together he’d lost his short game. He’s made his last seven cuts and he hasn’t done that since the end of … you guessed it, 2013. In ranking 8th for Putt Average in Morocco last month he finished top ten for a Putting category for the first time since the 2014 Open Championship. He looked refreshed and excited at the recent GolfSixes. There are reasons to be happy for a likeable golfer.
Tue, May 23, 2017 05:47:00 AM

Matteo Manassero dropped clinical birdie putts at the final two holes of Italy's last group match to clinch a place in the quarter finals of the GolfSixes at the Centurion Club.

As noted on these pages just last week, there was a statistical suggestion that Manassero had found something with his wand in recent weeks and he showed real evidence of that late Saturday. He and partner Renato Paratore were 0-0 through four hole of their match against the Swedish combo of Johan Carlsson and Joakim Lagergren following three pars and one birdie, all halved holes. When Carlsson drained a 25'0" birdie at the 136-yard par-3 fifth the Italians were under heavy pressure. But Paratore had hit his own tee shot to 10'0" and Manassero dropped it for another half. At the last both teams failed to find the 576-yard par-5 green in two. The Italian's bunker shot left Manassero 20'0" for birdie and he again came up with the goods before Lagergren, left 10'0" by Carlsson's pitch, missed. They will play England in the quarter final.
Sat, May 6, 2017 12:24:00 PM

Italy's footballers have been renowned for 0-0 draws down the years and their golfers were at it too at the GolfSixes event at Centurion Club on Saturday as Matteo Manassero and Renato Paratore drew their opening match against South Africa with neither team winning a hole.

That's not to say there wasn't plenty of quality on offer. Indeed, the two teams played the course in just 20 shots as four of the six holes were halved in birdie. The first pair of red numbers came at No. 1 as Manassero and Paratore matched Brandon Stone and Darren Fichardt's birdie-2. Further birdies followed at 3 and 5 as the two nations went neck and neck and, in a match neither team deserved to lose, it was perhaps appropriate that they rounded off with a birdie each at No. 6. Italy play France in their next match.
Sat, May 6, 2017 08:15:00 AM

There was a sliver of hope for Matteo Manassero’s putting in recent weeks – can he capitalize in the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC?

For most of the 2016 season the Italian was finding plenty of greens, but struggling with the wand in his hands. He was 16th for Greens in Regulation last year and is ticking along at 24th this term. Putts per Round though? 195th last year, 234th this. Putting Average? 180th last year, 187th this. But guess what? When he averaged 1.64 putts per green in regulation in the Trophee Hassan II it was his lowest number since he topped all the putting stats at the 2014 Open Championship. Admittedly he needed 120 putts for the week, ranking 64th for PPR, but it was something – and he kind of needs that on the greens. He’s 11-for-13 in China with a T2 and T4 in the Hong Kong Open and he was T24 on this course 12 months ago, carding rounds of 70-69-72-72.
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 10:35:00 AM

A 72nd hole birdie earned Matteo Manassero his first top five finish since July in the Hero Indian Open at DLF Golf & CC; he shot a fourth round 1-over-par 36-37=73 to finish T3 on 2-under 286, eight behind the winner S.S.P. Chawrasia.

The Italian last found himself in the mix when T3 in the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, but there have been signs of improvement in recent times as he arrived in India on a run of 5-for-6. T20 last time out in the Maybank Championship he improved on that with a strong first round at DLF Golf & CC that was backed up by a battling display in tough scoring conditions therewafter; his excellent tee to green game the key (he ranked 9th for Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation through 54 holes). On Sunday Manassero ended his third round with two late birdies before carding three bogeys in the final lap. He atoned with red numbers at the closing holes of both nines. The latter was very nearly an eagle after his approach at the 624-yard par-5 left him just 20 feet – the putt slipped past the hole, but a good week was secured.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 08:01:00 AM

Matteo Manassero slots in just two shots behind leaders S.S.P. Chawrasia, Danny Chia and Eddie Pepperell at the midpoint of the Hero Indian Open after completing a 1-over-par 38-35=73 in his delayed second round Saturday morning.

The Italian had 11 holes to finish off today and played them in even par to reach 3-under 141. His morning started poorly with a bogey-6 at No. 8 before he steadied the ship with three pars. Manassero traded a birdie-2 with a bogey at 13 and, after a par on the tough 14th, picked up another shot at 15 to move within two of the lead again. He stayed there with a trio of pars at 16, 17 and 18 and will tee off in the penultimate three-ball with David Horsey and Carlos Pigem at 14:40 local time later today. His struggles over the last few years are well documented but this is now the fourth time in 17 starts he's started the final 36 holes inside the top seven. He slipped to T20 in Malaysia and T17 in Turkey in the latest two so will be keen to repeat his performance at last summer's Scottish Open when he improved from fourth at halfway to finish T3.
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 03:33:00 AM

Matteo Manassero was T3 and two shots behind clubhouse leader S.S.P. Chawrasia when bad light halted play for the day in the second round of the Hero Indian Open; he'll return to finish off his final 11 holes at 07:00 Saturday after playing the first seven today in 1-over to slip back to 3-under for the tournament.

Scoring remains incredibly tough on the Gary Player course at DLF Golf and Country Club and only 12 players sit under par going into the weekend. Manassero's attempt to follow up his opening 68 was delayed by a two hour and 40-minute suspension for lightning today and when the Italian did finally tee off in round two he suffered early wobbles with dropped shots at 2 and 4, holes he'd birdied yesterday. He changed the momentum with a birdie-3 at No. 6 and pars either side of that meant he kept Chawrasia in his sights. Although everyone managed to at least tee off in round two, some only managed to complete two holes. That included Eddie Pepperrell, who was alongside Manassero on 3-under after a bogey-birdie start when play was suspended. Round three will not start before 12:30 local time, say organisers.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 08:55:00 AM

Matteo Manassero shrugged off a double bogey-6 at his first hole of the day to post 4-under-par 36-32=68 and assume the clubhouse lead on the first morning of the Hero Indian Open at DLG Golf & CC, one clear of his nearest rival Eddie Pepperell on the live leaderboard. UPDATE: Manassero ended the day in solo second after David Horsey reached -5 through 15 before bad light ended play.

Few things disappoint a tour golfer more than preparing all week for an event and then giving away more than a shot at the very first hole, but the Italian did just that when opening from the 10th, needing six shots to negotiate the 476-yard par-4. He got one of the shots back at the 13th only to hand it back at the very next hole. He was far from being the only player to rack up big numbers on this new Gary Player layout, but in contrast to others he didn't fall prey to frustration. Birdies eventually came and in a rush too: at 17, 18, 2, 3 and 4. When he added a final red number at the 8th he was two clear with a few of the morning starters to complete. Back in July 2014 he opened with a 67 to lie T2 in the Open Championship, but since then has only twice ranked top 8 after 18 holes. His challenge is to maintain the pace and improve on a world ranking of 336 which in no way reflects on his talent and past record.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 03:09:00 AM