Matteo Manassero, ranking improves again

Matteo Manassero continues to solidify his position as the top Italian golfer. His fifth-place finish at the Hero Indian Open further cements his gradual but steady rise in the world rankings

by Andrea Gussoni
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Matteo Manassero, ranking improves again
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Matteo Manassero continues to solidify his position as the top Italian golfer. His fifth-place finish at the Hero Indian Open further cements his gradual but steady rise in the world rankings. Currently ranked 173rd globally, Manny surpasses Guido Migliozzi (242nd) and Francesco Molinari (254th).

Moreover, Manassero has climbed to the ninth spot in the Race to Dubai, led by Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.

Matteo Manassero, results

The Veronese golfer Matteo Manassero showcased his good form over three out of four days in New Delhi at the DLF Golf & Country Club (par 72).

Manassero finished with a total of 276 strokes (65 68 70 73, -12), sharing the fifth position with Gavin Green, Romain Langasque, and Jeong Weon Ko. The victory at the event, organized by the DP World Tour and the Indian Golf Union, went to Keita Nakajima, not to Matteo Manassero.

The 23-year-old Japanese player from Saitama turned professional in 2022 and boasts four titles on the Japan Golf Tour, three of which were won last year. His first victory came in 2021 while he was still an amateur. The Indian Open marked his eleventh appearance on the DP World Tour, with his best performance in January at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship (finishing fourth).

Nakajima started the event tied for the lead with Manassero and Joost Luiten (who finished 11th with 279, -9), but he surged ahead solo from the second round. He gradually extended his lead to eight strokes by the 13th hole of the final round, where he reached -21.

At that point, he relaxed and finished his round with a double bogey, three bogeys, and only one birdie, dropping four shots over the last five holes. In the final round, Francesco Laporta gained nine positions to finish 26th with 283 (72 68 72 71, -5), while Lorenzo Scalise lost seven spots to end up 31st with 284 (69 71 70 74, -4). Further behind was Edoardo Molinari, finishing 58th with 291 (75 67 76 73, +3).

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