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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 was a leaderboard presence in Turkey last time and will hope to stay strong for all four rounds in this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge as he bids to book his place in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
This is leg two of the European Tour's Final Series and the Italian is 68th on the Race to Dubai, needing to jump eight spots to punch his ticket for the big showdown in Dubai. He looked on course to crack the top 60 after sitting T2 through 54 holes at the Turkish Airlines Open last week but a closing 74 relegated him to T17. Many gamers are keen to pull the trigger on Manassero given his past exploits (four wins before his 22nd birthday) but trust remains an issue given that he's missed six cuts out of 10 since we thought the good times were back when he took third place in July's Scottish Open. Manassero has played Gary Player CC just once, finishing T22 of 30 in 2013. Nov 8 - 7:08 PM

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Matteo Manassero crafted a 3-under-par 31-37=68 to end the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open on 11-under 202, one of five golfers T2 and seven behind leader Thorbjorn Olesen.

The Italian, a four-time winner on the European Tour before his 22nd birthday, has been on a lean run and since finishing T8 in the Valspar Championship of 2014 he has finished top ten just twice, both times in the Scottish Open (T4 2014, T3 2016). But he now has the opportunity to tick another after 54 holes of wonderful long game skills. He opened up Saturday with four straight pars before making back-to-back birdies at the 5th and 6th. Another red number at No. 9 saw him turn in 31 swings. The back nine was a tougher experience, but he drained am 18'0" birdie putt on 16, but then followed it with a three-putt on 17 to drop a shot.
Nov 5 - 9:56 AM

Matteo Manassero slotted a second round 3-under-par 32-36=68 to lie T4 on 8-under 134 at the Turkish Airlines Open in Belek.

The Italian has taken to the tree-lined Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort layout and is on course to notch only the second top ten finish of his season - the first coming when he was third in the Scottish Open, since when he is 3-for-9 with a best of T27 in the Olympics. That said, this lap was his fifth sub-70 score in seven and he has made just two bogeys all week. The only one Friday came on the third, soon after he ticked birdie at No. 1. He then added birdies at four and five. His journey home was full of pars except for the par-5 15th which he ticked for a second time this week. He heads into the weekend high on the leaderboard, but seven shots adrift of runaway front runner Thorbjorn Olesen.
Nov 4 - 10:12 AM

With his lowest round of the season, a 5-under-par 34-32=66, Matteo Manassero ended the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open in T3, just two shots behind leader George Coetzee.

After making just two of his last eight cuts, the Italian hit the spot today with a lap of Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort featuring six birdies and a single bogey. He started his day at the 11th hole and followed an opening par with a birdie at 12. He gave the shot back with a bogey at 13 but kicked on again with circles at 15 and 16. Manassero splashed more red at 4, 5 and 10 to put himself in good position to challenge over the next 54 holes. Thanks to a big cheque at the Scottish Open, he started the Final Series in 78th on the Race to Dubai. That leaves him with the task of jumping 18 spots to make the top 60 who reach the finale (DP World Tour Championship) in two weeks' time.
Nov 3 - 9:54 AM

Matteo Manassero slots in at 64th on the Race to Dubai ahead of this week's KLM Open in the Netherlands.

That position still reflects the fact that the Italian has a way to go before we can say he's out of his slump but it's over 100 spots up on last year's finish of 167th. Manassero, who cracked the top 15 on the RTD in both 2012 and 2013, is 3-for-4 from past starts at the KLM Open with a best of T26 three years ago. However, he faces a brand new course this time as the tournament heads to The Dutch, an inland course in Spijk. He'll arrive on the back of a missed cut in Switzerland last week where an opening 77 wrecked his chances but at least a Friday 68 could give him some momentum to build on. Only three starts earlier he finished T3 in the Scottish Open.
Sep 6 - 3:48 AM

He might be young but Matteo Manassero is a veteran of the Omega European Masters in Crans Montana, Switzerland and makes his 8th start there this week.

The horror run of 16 straight missed weekend was finally halted in Dubai in February, but true recovery took a little longer to come for the still youthful Italian. But arrive it did: first a pair of weekends made, then two top 25s, then two top 15s. It was cautious, there were missed cuts thrown in, but at the Scottish Open he was T3 and had a genuine look at the win on the final day. It was a result that put a smile on many faces on the Tour. Another missed cut followed at the Open Championship before he was T27 at the Olympics. Now he returns to the mountains and fond memories of his early career. He's 6-for-7 at Crans-sur-Sierre GC with a best of T3 back in 2010 when he was just 17-years-old.
Aug 30 - 5:39 AM

Matteo Manassero was part of the delegation which successfully made the case for golf's inclusion at the Olympics for the first time since 1904 and he'll hope to shine as a player in this week's 72-hole shootout for gold.

The Italian heads to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil showing major signs of a renaissance after a dramatic slump which saw him crash to 856th in the world rankings. In his last six starts he's posted a third place at the Scottish Open and top 15s in the BMW International Open in Germany and Nordea Masters in Sweden. That top three could be of particular interest to gamers as it came at Castle Stuart, the design template for Gil Hanse's Olympic course which will be used this week. Manassero looks close to something big again and this could be the perfect stage.
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Aug 10 - 3:46 AM

Matteo Manassero's composed and flawless final round 2-under-par 36-34=70 earned him T3 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on 12-under 276.

The Italian has been through some rough times since he used his victory in the 2013 BMW PGA Championship to redesign (and beef up) his swing; his missed cut in Doha this year was his 16th on the bounce. But the signs have been good in recent times - a T12 and T13 in his last 4 starts - and this result confirms them. He opened his account with 12 straight pars, made back-to-back red numbers at 13 and 14, then parred his way in. He missed just 1 green in the final round and that consistency allowed him to not only record his first top 5 finish since this event in 2014, but also claim 1 of the 4 remaining Open Championship places on offer.
Jul 10 - 2:27 PM

Matteo Manassero pieced together a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in Saturday's third round at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and will go into the final 18 holes just two shots behind leader Alex Noren.

The Italian nudged up two spots to T2 on the leaderboard today to settle at 10-under 206 although he did actually hold top spot on his own before finishing bogey-par to Noren's birdie-birdie. A pair of circles got Manassero going in the right direction before he found an eagle-3 at Castle Stuart's 568-yard par-5 6th hole. After giving back shots at 7 and 10, he hit the gas again by reeling off three birdies in succession from 14-16. Yet again, his driving was impressive today and 12 more fairways makes him 35-for-42 overall off the tee. He found 13 greens in regulation but could only scramble successfully twice. It's already obvious that his current world ranking of 596 is completely misleading but tomorrow we'll find out if the four-time European Tour champion is ready to win again after a dip that no-one could have imagined when he became a top 25 player after capturing the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in 2013.
Jul 9 - 3:04 PM

Matteo Manassero jumped up to second place in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links after painting a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in Friday's second round.

The Italian has been hinting at a return to form after a spell in the doldrums and it's playing out in Scotland after he moved to 6-under 138 at the midpoint following a lap which contained six birdies against a single bogey. Manassero registered circles at all four par 5s (2, 6, 12 and 18) and made further gains at 9 and 14. His only square came at the 226-yard par-3 17th. Statswis, he split 11 (of 14) fairways, hit 15 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. On the live leaderboard he's a single shot beind Danny Lee which means the top two spots are occupied by the European Tour's two youngest winners. Lee set the record as an 18-year-old before Manassero won twice aged just 17. It's 15 months since he went into the weekend inside the top 10 so it will be fascinating to see if he can keep it going and return to the form that made him one of the game's most promising young stars.
Jul 8 - 8:20 AM

The signs continue to look promising for Matteo Manassero and he'll continue his rebuild in the 100th Open de France this week.

It's well documented that the Italian has lost his way in recent seasons after breaking records as a teenager but he posted his second top 15 in three starts when T13 in last week's BMW International Open in Germany. That was the third straight cut he'd made, something Manassero hadn't managed since May 2015. Fifth on the All-Around in Germany suggests the improvements are spread throughout his game. He's 5-for-6 at Le Golf National although T17 (R1 66) is the only top 20 from those half-dozen appearances. His best lap is a 6-under 65 in 2010 while his sole missed cut came last year due to an opening 78. All told, the 23-year-old is back in the game but managers need to decide whether this is the best course for him to continue his renaissance?
Jun 29 - 5:26 AM

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

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