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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. Jul 28 - 7:52 PM

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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.
Jul 19 - 9:29 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.
Jul 17 - 7:55 AM

Matteo Manassero makes his fourth start at this week's Open Championship.

The Italian is 6-for-12 in his career at major championships, including a T13 as an amateur at the 2009 Open Championship. Since turning pro in 2010, Manassero hasn't finished inside the top 35 in any of his 10 major championship starts. Owning four European Tour wins at the age of 21 is an impressive feat, but expectations should be tamed until he proves he can truly contend at a major.
Jul 15 - 12:13 PM

Matteo Manassero opened the Masters with a 1-under-par 34-37=71.

Still just 20 years of age (until April 19), Manassero is making already his third appearance at Augusta National. He wrangled four birdies against three bogeys to reach the clubhouse three strokes off the clubhouse lead. He hit 15 greens in regulation and took 32 putts. Today's aggregate ties his previous low in six rounds. The Italian opened his debut here in 2010 with a 71 and finished with a share of 36th place.
Apr 10 - 5:06 PM

Matteo Manassero hopes his third start at the Masters later this week will prove to be lucky.

The Italian missed the cut at Augusta National in 2013, but managed a T36 as an amateur in 2010. There is more than just a green jacket on the line for him this week. He is currently a non-member on the PGA TOUR but is a mere 49 FedExCup points shy of qualifying for Special Temporary Membership.
Apr 7 - 10:29 PM

Matteo Manassero settled for a 1-over-par 35-37=72 in the final round of the Valpsar Championship, securing a share of eighth place at 2-under 282.

Manassero circled his only birdie of the day at the par-5 first, and then completed his round with two bogeys and 15 pars. This is the Italian's best finish in 27 start on the PGA TOUR. With today's top 10, he has earned the right to tee it up in the Valero Texas Open in two weeks if he so chooses. As of today, the "Agenda" on his website lists the Shell Houston Open and Masters as his next two scheduled starts. Meanwhile, with 72.50 non-member FedExCup points earned at Copperhead applied to his season total, he is just 49 FedExCup points short of qualifying for Special Temporary Membership. Of all non-members outside that bubble, he's the nearest.
Mar 16 - 5:21 PM

Matteo Manassero turned in an even-par 37-34=71 in the third round of the Valspar Championship to remain at 3-under 210.

The Italian offset each of his two birdies with bogeys, gathering 14 pars in the process. His birdies came on the back-nine par 5s at the Copperhead Course, both falling from inside 10 feet. He is not a member of the PGA TOUR, but a top-10 finish on Sunday would get him into the next full-field PGA TOUR event if he so chooses.
Mar 15 - 6:03 PM

Matteo Manassero carded a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in his second round of the Valspar Championship to post 3-under 139 at the midpoint, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Just as he achieved on Thursday, the Italian split 11 (of 13) fairways again today, but he improved his number of chances to break par by three to 13. He did so on three occasions, including conversions of 16'9" and 11'2" at Nos. 16 and 2, respectively. Manassero added a zero-putt seven-yarder from the rough for a fourth birdie at 12. A double-bogey 5 at the 13th, where he rinsed his tee ball, and a bogey at the par-4 third stand in the way of the outright lead, but he's in terrific position to secure his first top 10 in a stroke-play start on the PGA TOUR if not victory.
Mar 14 - 2:59 PM

Matteo Manassero crafted a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in his opening round of the Valspar Championship.

Manassero split 11 (of 13) fairways but hit only 10 greens in regulation. He bogeyed twice after missing the GIR and added a three-putt bogey from just inside 45 feet at the par-4 10th hole. However, the Italian also converted five birdies to finish one stroke off the overnight quad-leaders. His set included a six-yard hole-out from the rough at No. 1 where he began his round. He also poured in a four-yarder from the fringe at 4. But Manassero saved the best for last at the last, drilling home a birdie-3 from 42'2".
Mar 13 - 7:31 PM

Matteo Manassero closes out his week at The Honda Classic with a 3-under-par 34-33=67 and ends the tournament at 4-under 267.

The Italian settled for pars on his first eight holes, then traded five birdies for two bogeys on his final 10 holes. After opening his tournament at PGA National with a 67, he posted a pair of 71s in the second and third rounds. Manassero is seemingly in good form as he now turns his attention towards the WGC-Cadillac Championship later this week.
Mar 2 - 1:51 PM

Matteo Manassero submitted a 3-under-par 34-33=67 for his opening round of The Honda Classic.

This was a bit of a strange round in that he hit only 11 greens in regulation but converted five birdies, the longest of which from just 10'2" at the par-4 13th hole. He also squared two bogeys, which is to be expected when any golfer is scrambling seven times in a single round, but his first was as a result of a miss from one foot at the par-3 15th, at least according to's ShotTracker software. Nevertheless, the aggregate result left him four strokes off the overnight lead.
Feb 27 - 6:41 PM

Matteo Manassero swept past Luke Donald 5 and 4 in the Player Bracket in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Manassero was deadly today. He opened with a birdie-3 at the first hole and kept his foot on the 2011 champion's throat until Donald was forced to tap out on the 14th green. Overall, the Italian scored bogey-free 6-under-par. He won six holes to Donald's lone win (via a birdie-3 at No. 7). Manassero advanced to the second round for the third time in four appearances. His date on Thursday will be Jason Dufner.
Feb 19 - 4:46 PM

Matteo Manassero squares off against Luke Donald in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The Italian's record is headed in the wrong direction in this event, making the third round in his first start, then second in his second before losing out in round one a year ago. That matches his form entering this event. He managed a T10 at the Volvo Golf Champions before fading to a T31 in Abu Dhabi and missing the cut in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Manassero is the 12th seed in the Gary Player Bracket.
Feb 17 - 8:53 PM

Matteo Manassero sits seventh in the Race for Dubai and looks to improve upon that at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

It's unclear if his sights are set on a permanent home on the PGA TOUR, but a big week at Sheshan International Golf Club could also bring that option into play. This is the first time the WGC-HSBC is considered an official PGA TOUR event. In his two previous appearances in this event, the Italian has failed to crack the top 50.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 08:33:00 PM