Matteo Manassero is virtually in Paris 2024

After the success of 2013 Manassero reached 25th place in the world ranking

by Andrea Gussoni
Matteo Manassero is virtually in Paris 2024
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Yesterday Matteo Manassero returned to success on the top European men's golf circuit by winning the Jonsson Workwear Open almost eleven years after his last success on the DP World Tour, dated 26 May 2013 (BMW PGA Championship), thus finding his fifth success in career on the circuit.

Matteo Manassero, results

After the success of 2013 Manassero reached 25th place in the world ranking: in this morning's update the Italian golfer climbed almost 200 positions, rising from 381st to 182nd place, with an average of 0.6590, thanks to 34.26827 points won in the 52 events played.

The Italian, who closed last year in 351st place in the world rankings, has lost 2,91020 points since the beginning of the calendar year, but gained 19,14267 points: thanks to these numbers, in today's update Manassero appears to be the new number 1 in Italy.

Yesterday's success is of fundamental importance also in view of the Paris 2024 Games: Manassero, who was present at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, can now aim for a second participation in France. The Olympic golf ranking has not yet been updated, but Manassero's leap will be notable there too.

Born in Negrar di Valpolicella, in the province of Verona, on 19 April 1993, he began playing golf at the age of 3 and a half[2] at the Villafranca Golf Club. In 1998 he moved to the Gardagolf Country Club in Soiano del Lago (BS) coached by Franco Maestroni; one of the first to notice him and talk about him is the television journalist Germano Mosconi, who became known in the 2000s in the Internet world following the publication of videos of his angry reactions to unexpected events off-air while hosting the broadcaster's information programs local Telenuovo.

He currently trains and lives at the Monticello Golf Club (near Como) and is followed by Alberto Binaghi. In 2009, at just 16 years old, he won the British Amateur Championship[3], one of the two Majors for amateurs. With this victory Matteo sets the record as the youngest winner of the tournament and the first Italian, guaranteeing himself an invitation to two Majors: the Open Championship and The Masters.

During the 2009 Open Championship in Turnberry, Matteo placed 13th, tied with Francesco Molinari, earning the Silver Medal: the prize awarded to the best amateur in the race. On 9 April 2010, at the age of 16 years, 11 months and 22 days, Manassero broke the record of the South African Bobby Cole (which had stood since 1967), becoming the youngest player to pass the cut of The Masters, placing 36th .

Matteo Manassero