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Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/19/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 174

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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

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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

Matteo Manassero will continue to battle through his troubles when lining up in this week's Maybank Malaysian Open -- a tournament he won as a 17-year-old.

That triumph in 2011 was his second European Tour success and he's since gone on to add two more, including the prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. But, for now, the Italian youngster is suffering a slump which continued with a trio of missed cuts on the Gulf Swing. He shot 72-73 in Abu Dhabi, 76-75 in Qatar and 79-76 in Dubai. Manassero's miserable run of form comprises six missed cuts in his last 13 starts and nothing better than a T47 since July. More encouraging is his form at Kuala Lumpur G&CC. He's 4-for-4, which includes 2011's victory and two other top 20s.
Tue, Feb 3, 2015 03:36:00 PM

Italian youngster Matteo Manassero will hope to arrest an alarming slump in form at this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

In his last 11 starts, stretching back to last year's PGA Championship at Valhalla, the 21-year-old has missed five cuts and not finished better than T47. The latest disappointment came in Abu Dhabi last week when he crashed out following rounds of 72-73. The problem lies in his long game. In an attempt to add distance, the short-hitting Manassero has lost rhythm and in Abu Dhabi he found just 36% of fairways and only 50% of greens in regulation. The youngest player to have won a European Tour event (he was 17), Manassero was T22 in Qatar last year.
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 04:58:00 AM

Matteo Manassero has accepted Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR.

The 21-year-old qualified when he shared 19th place at The Open Championship. The 50.75 non-member FedExCup points he collected bumped him to 279.98 on the season. The target to qualify for STM is 278. He's made only eight starts, so he doesn't need the benefits of unlimited sponsor exemptions or starts. And he doesn't need STM to chase the top 125 in non-member FedExCup points or earnings for fully exempt status in 2014-15. The Wyndham Championship is the only remaining open before the FedExCup Playoffs for which he isn't eligible. So, the logical conclusion is that he accepted STM for the spot it affords in the Beyond 150 Reshuffle. STM provides some insurance of another potential start if he can't earn the full nut at the PGA Championship. If Manassero doesn't receive a sponsor or foreign exemption into the Wyndham, his number may be called on merit. The cutoff for the field of 156 at Sedgefield often lands near the end of the conditional status category and top of the Beyond 150.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 07:52:00 PM

Matteo Manassero crafted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of The Open Championship and is the new clubhouse leader at 6-under 210.

The Italian spread seven birdies and three bogeys across his scorecard at Royal Liverpool. His first birdie at the par-4 third hole released the hounds, as he would follows that up with three more birdies over the next three holes. He finished his round with birdies on three of his last five holes. It appears highly unlikely his leading number will hold up, as the lead on the course at the time of his posting was hovering around 12-under.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 09:29:00 AM

Matteo Manassero fashioned a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of The 143rd Open Championship, good for sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

Manassero (finally) turned 21 in April and this is his fourth appearance in the major, so it's just a matter of time before he fulfills the immense promise on the game's biggest stages. He's already collected four victories on the European Tour. Today he split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation en route to seven birdies against two bogeys. Manassero circled five birdies coming in, including on each of the three par 5s.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 07:55:00 AM