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Matteo Manassero

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/19/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 174

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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. May 23 - 5:47 AM

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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.
May 6 - 12:24 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.
May 6 - 8:15 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.
Apr 25 - 10:35 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.
Mar 12 - 8:01 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.
Mar 11 - 3:33 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.
Mar 10 - 8:55 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.
Mar 9 - 3:09 AM

Matteo Manassero will make his debut in the Hero Indian Open on the Gary Player course at the DLF Golf & Country Club this week.

The Italian has a strong record in co-sanctioned Asian Tour events, being a winner in both Malaysia and Singapore. Moreover he is 10-for-12 including seven top 20 finishes, the last of those when T20 in last month's Maybank Championship, back on his favored Malay Peninsula. Yet he has never ventured to the sub-continent and on first glance this monster track would appear to be a bad place to change things. The Italian used his career breakthrough win in the 2013 BMW PGA Championship to bulk up his body and change his swing for extra distance. Whilst the stats say he has gained 15 yards from the tee (273 average in 2013, 288 this season) he has lost consistency and the ability to contend. Looking on the bright side, he has played four rounds of golf in four of his last five starts. The buzz is that he's turned the corner with his long game and the short game has taken a hit. He's certainly hitting lots of greens, but will the long test suit this week?
Mar 7 - 5:47 AM

2011 Malaysian Open champion Matteo Manassero flashed a reminder of his skills with a superb 6-under-par 34-32=66 in round two of the Maybank Championship, good for 7-under 137 and T4 on the live leaderboard.

Twelve months after that victory the Italian put up a stout defense of his title, ending the week T7. Add in his victory at the 2012 Singapore Open and he made plenty of short lists this week. Many might have been put off by his form, but in amongst his T54 last week in Dubai was a round of 71 in the worst of the Friday wind. In much calmer, and more humid, conditions at Saujana G&CC this Friday he coasted the back nine (which he played first), ticking the two par-fives (13 and 18), then raced through the front nine. He circled three in four at 2, 4 and 5 before making it a hat-trick of par-five birdies at the 8th. He took lunch two behind the clubhouse leade David Lipsky and four behind the leader on the live scoring, Marc Warren.
Feb 10 - 2:55 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 07:08:00 PM

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.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 09:56:00 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.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 10:12:00 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.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 09:54:00 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.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 03:48:00 AM