Matteo Manassero is the closest to Paris 24

Matteo Manassero continues to climb in both the Race to Dubai, the DP World Tour's merit order, and the world rankings.

by Andrea Gussoni
Matteo Manassero is the closest to Paris 24
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Matteo Manassero continues to climb in both the Race to Dubai, the DP World Tour's merit order, and the world rankings. Thanks to his 5th place finish in New Delhi at the Hero Indian Open, the Italian golfer has risen from 187th to 173rd position, solidifying his status as Italy's number 1 in golf.

With two and a half months remaining until the qualifying closes, Manassero can truly hope for an Olympic pass. Behind him, at 242nd, is Guido Migliozzi. The Vicenza native, in the official world ranking, precedes Francesco Molinari, who sits at 254th.

Matteo Manassero, results

Leading the world rankings is still Scottie Scheffler. The American nearly secured his third consecutive victory on the PGA Tour last Sunday, finishing the Texas Children's Houston Open in 2nd place behind only Stephan Jaeger.

Scheffler, the master of the green, now holds a comfortable lead over Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who sits 2nd ahead of Spain's Jon Rahm. Rahm has been playing in the Arabian Super League for months now, but those tournaments are not recognized by the official world golf ranking.

Born in Negrar di Valpolicella, in the province of Verona, on April 19, 1993, Matteo Manassero began playing golf at the age of 3 and a half at the Golf Club Villafranca. In 1998, he moved to the Gardagolf Country Club in Soiano del Lago (BS), where he was coached by Franco Maestroni.

One of the first to notice him and speak about him was the television journalist Germano Mosconi, who became known in the 2000s for the publication of videos of his angry reactions to unexpected events off-camera while hosting the informational programs of the local broadcaster Telenuovo.

Currently, Manassero trains and lives at the Golf Club Monticello near Como and is coached by Alberto Binaghi. In 2009, at just 16 years old, he won the British Amateur Championship, one of the two Majors for amateurs. With this victory, Matteo set the record as the youngest winner of the tournament and the first Italian, earning invitations to two Majors: the Open Championship and The Masters.

During the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, Matteo finished tied for 13th place with Francesco Molinari, earning the Silver Medal awarded to the best amateur in the competition. On April 9, 2010, at the age of 16 years, 11 months, and 22 days, Manassero broke the record set by South African Bobby Cole in 1967, becoming the youngest player to make the cut at The Masters, finishing in 36th place.

He turned professional in May 2010 and decided to make his debut at the Open d'Italia, finishing in the top 30. Subsequently invited to England to play in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, he made the cut and finished the tournament in 17th place.

On October 24, 2010, Manassero won the Castelló Masters in Spain, becoming at 17 years, 6 months, and 5 days the youngest winner of a European Tour event. The record was previously held by New Zealander Danny Lee, who won the Johnnie Walker Classic in February 2009.

On November 30, 2010, he was awarded the "Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year" title by the European Tour at Wentworth, an honor previously given to Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin, Sandy Lyle, José María Olazábal, and Colin Montgomerie.

In April 2011, just days before his 18th birthday, he won his second European Tour event, triumphing at the Malaysian Open held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. On November 11, 2012, he won the Barclays Singapore Open, defeating South African Louis Oosthuizen with an eagle on the third playoff hole, thus becoming the first teenager to win three European Tour events.

On May 26, 2013, he won the prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club after a four-hole playoff against Simon Kahn and Marc Warren, becoming the youngest winner in the tournament's history and reaching 25th place in the world rankings. In early January 2014, he changed equipment sponsors, switching from Titleist to Callaway.

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