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Matteo Manassero

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/19/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 174

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Matteo Manassero checks into the Nordea Masters at Bro Hof Slott GC, hoping for the good vibes of 3 years ago to rub off.
After leaving Wentworth this time last year the Italian endured a run of 0-for-16 that was finally broken at the Dubai Desert Classic in January, since when he has continued to miss far too many weekends, but has managed to post top 25 finishes at the Shenzhen International and Trophee Hassan II. Another missed cut last week on a course he has previously won on does not provide good omens. In fact his win in the 2013 BMW PGA Championship prompted him to beef up his long game, a move which led to the problems. Anecdotally, observers in Italian golf say he is making strides this year, but has had problems on the greens. The stats say he’s hit over 70% of greens in regulation in 8 of his last 10 starts, but regularly needs well over 30 putts a round. The only crumb of comfort for Manassero is memories of finishing T4 on this course three years ago. May 31 - 6:50 AM

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Matteo Manassero is one of the past champions in the field contesting this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The word looked to be at his feet when, aged just 20, the Italian won the European Tour's flagship event in 2013 and jumped up to 25th in the world rankings shortly after. A dramatic career slump has seen him drop like a stone to 856th although there have been some promising signs in recent weeks with top 25s in China and Morocco in his last four starts. Manassero was also T7 at Wentworth in 2011 and T17 in 2010 and, despite it being during his struggles, posted T46 12 months ago. Despite missing the cut in Ireland last week, he hit 75% of greens in regulation and a repeat would seriously bolster his chances at Wentworth.
May 24 - 3:32 PM

After posting his first top 25 in 12 months, Matteo Manassero will try to take another forward step in this week's Volvo China Open.

The Italian, who has fallen off the planet over the last couple of seasons, shot 70-69-72-72 to finish T24 at the Shenzhen International. That followed missed cuts in Spain and Australia but, taking a glass half full approach, it was the third time he'd played the weekend in his last five starts so there are certainly some signs of encouragement after he failed to cash in 16 starts between May 2015 and January 2016. His last top 20 on the European Tour came in this very event when he carded T18 in the 2015 Volvo China Open. In fact, he's made his last seven cuts in China so, if gamers want to take a chance on Manassero, this is a good location to catch him.
Apr 27 - 6:22 AM

Matteo Manassero crafted his way round Genzon GC to card a 3-under-par 34-35=69 at the Shenzhen International.

The Italian is in a horror run of form, having missed 18 cuts in his last 20 starts, so this must be a massive boost to his confidence and it began in perfect style on the back nine. He holed his approach shot to the 408-yard par-four 10th hole and followed it with birdie on the 11th. Bogeys followed on 14 and 18, but he didn't panic and added reds on 17 and 9 to rest himself in the top ten at close of play Friday. He is a distant 8 shots off the leader Soomin Lee, but will relish a weekend of excitement, rather than the more common feeling of emptiness that Saturday and Sunday have been bringing in recent times.
Apr 22 - 7:04 AM

After cashing in his last two tournaments, Matteo Manassero will look to find more encouragement about a turnaround in this week's ISPS HANDA Perth Invitational at Lake Karrinyup CC in Australia.

After missing the cut in his final 13 events of 2015, the Italian youngster extended that unwanted sequence to 15 after failing to cash in Joburg, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. But an opening 69 helped him play all four rounds and finish T59 in the Dubai Desert Classic while he improved to T50 after shooting 70-69-71-73 in last week's Maybank Championship Malaysia. These are still baby steps but, encouragingly, he finished seventh for GIR in Malaysia and 19th in Dubai. The four-time European Tour winner, who won the first two before turning 18, hasn't played at this week's venue before although he's teed it up twice in Australia previously. Manassero took T29 at the JBWere Masters in 2011 and was T58 in the 2013 World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne.
Feb 22 - 3:05 PM

Matteo Manassero hit back with a 4-under-par 34-33=67 on day two but was among those to miss the cut at the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club on Friday.

The young Italian has now failed to cash in his last 14 worldwide starts after his total of 75-67=142 left him two shots short of the required number. The damage was done by his opening 3-over lap of the tougher East Course on Thursday and despite four birdies and an eagle lifting him up 74 spots today, it wasn't enough. Other notables that failed to survive include: 141--Edoardo Molinari ... 142--Graeme Storm; Keith Horne ... 143--Garth Mulroy ... 144--Simon Dyson ... 145--Trevor Immelman ... 146--Jaco Van Zyl (pre-tournament favorite) ... 147--Hennie Otto.
Jan 15 - 10:40 AM

After missing his final 13 cuts of 2015, Matteo Manassero will hope to end the nightmare at this week's Joburg Open.

The young Italian's fall from grace is one of golf's most surprising and disheartening stories. A two-time European Tour champion before turning 18 and winner of the prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in 2013, Manassero's form has fallen off a cliff. From 11th on the Race to Dubai three years ago, the 22-year-old slumped to 167th in 2015 and cashed just six times in 22 events. His run of missed cuts to end the year is a big concern although he did shoot three rounds of 68 across his final five events and, of course, he has plenty of time to find the right path again after unsuccessful swing changes. This will be his first start at the Joburg Open.
Jan 13 - 6:04 AM

Matteo Manassero is languishing at 162nd on the Race To Dubai ahead of his return home for the Open d'Italia at Golf Club Milano.

Just when it seemed the Italian was coming out of a slump after he made five cuts in a row between March and May, he's slipped backwards again. The four-time European Tour winner has failed to cash in any of his last seven starts and has broken 70 in just once in his last 15 rounds. This would be the obvious place for him to kick-start his season and his past exploits in this event include T3 in 2012 and T8 in 2011, both at Royal Park. Overall, he's made a perfect six cuts out of six in his home Open.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 03:13:00 PM

Matteo Manassero has 2011 winner Darren Clarke and young French amateur Romain Langasque for company in the first two rounds of The Open Championship.

That cosmopolitan three-ball heads out at 14:23 local time on Thursday. Langasque's presence will likely remind Manassero of his superb debut in the 2009 Open when, as a 16-year-old amateur, he finished T13. The Italian missed the cut in his next two Open starts at Royal St George's and Muirfield but finished T19 at Hoylake in 2014. Surprisingly, he's bettered that result just once in the last 12 months and, despite a brief spell of improved form between March and May, he's back in a slump again and has missed his last five cuts. Manassero did open with a 69 in last week's Scottish Open so perhaps a return to The Open will spark him back to life.
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 08:48:00 AM

Matteo Manassero will head to Royal County Down this week to contest his fourth Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The Italian was T21 at Killarney on his debut in 2010 but missed the cut at Royal Portrush in 2012 and again at Fota Island in 2014. After missing his first five cuts on the European Tour this season, Manassero has found a groove, at least in his long game. That's helped him make his last five cuts although a cold putter has limited him to just one top 20 during that run. He's currently 119th in the Race to Dubai.
Mon, May 25, 2015 12:03:00 PM

Matteo Manassero moved up 11 spots to T4 after some impressive tee-to-green golf in round two of the Volvo China Open.

He toured Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club in 4-under-par 33-35=68 to reach 5-under 139 at halfway and that's just three off the lead held by Julien Quesne. After several hints in recent weeks, this is the clearest sign yet that the Italian phenom is back in the game after a horrid run of results. Manassero split 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation on Friday -- a stark contrast to earlier in the season when his Driving Accuracy stats fell between 25% and 39% for four tournaments running as he battled swing changes. His scorecard today showed five birdies against a single bogey at the fourth and the 22-year-old will go into the weekend with a chance to secure a fifth European Tour win.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 06:27:00 AM

It was far from perfect but Matteo Manassero showed more promising signs in a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the second round of the Shenzhen International in China.

After finally arresting a run of five straight missed cuts with a T59 in Morocco, the young Italian is kicking on here with two good laps of Genzon GC which have taken him into the top 10 and within four of the halfway lead held by Peter Uihlein. Manassero picked off birdies at three of the four par 5s and added further par breakers at 6 and 11. He was kept in check by bogeys at 4, 12 and 15. The stats reveal the turnaround in his game as, for the second day running, he hit 15 greens in regulation. The 21-year-old four-time European Tour winner has taken 31 putts each day so it's on the greens where he needs to improve over the weekend.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 06:31:00 AM

Matteo Manassero gave further signs of a return to form with a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in round one of the Shenzhen International.

The Italian ended last season poorly and started the 2015 Race to Dubai with five straight missed cuts before finally cashing (T59) at the Trophee Hassan II on his last start. It always seemed a matter of time before he found his swing again and the three-time European Tour winner looked much more comfortable today, splitting 10 (of 14) fairways and hitting 15 greens in regulation in his opening lap of Genzon GC. His 69 slots him inside the top 10 and he'll start round two just three shots behind surprise leader Wen-yi Huang of China.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 07:07:00 AM

Matteo Manassero finally has something to build on going into this week's Shenzhen International in China.

The Italian has fallen off the radar after being caught between swings but ended a run of five missed cuts by finishing T59 in the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on his last start. It may be baby steps for a while and gamers are advised not to pull the trigger yet but at least the signs are positive. Manassero has enjoyed some happy times in the Kong Hong Open - a second and a fourth - which is just an hour away from this week's venue while he's 7-for-8 in China so also plays well in the region. The generous fairways of Genzon GC will also be a help to him this week.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 03:10:00 AM

There are still no signs of Matteo Manassero turning the corner after he missed the cut by a distance at the Tshwane Open.

The Italian phenom suffered a 5-over-par 36-39=75 on Friday to post 10-over 150. When handing in his card he was T150 in the 156-man field and a massive 21 shots behind leader Adrian Otaegui. More numbers that make difficult viewing -- Manassero hasn't broken par in 2015 and is a combined 34-over in his five events on the European Tour. Needless to say he hasn't made the cut in any. The million dollar question is what's gone wrong with the player who, at 17, was the youngest ever European Tour winner? The 21-year-old is caught between swings and, for now, can't find a quick fix. Gamers should remember the adage that form is temporary, class is permanent so keep a close eye on any signs of improvement. He's too good to remain in a slump for long.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 07:22:00 AM