Matteo Manassero: "I had negative moments"

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Matteo Manassero: "I had negative moments"

The first meeting of 2021 in the Coverciano del green, the National Golf of Sutri (Viterbo). In a fundamental year, where Covid will still have to be dealt with, in which key events such as the Tokyo Olympics, Solheim and Ryder Cup stand out.

But also an Italian Open which in September (from 2 to 5) will go on stage at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, on the course of the Italian Ryder Cup in 2023.

Matteo Manassero, statements

Among the big names in Sutri, however, there is also Matteo Manassero, the youngest winner in the history of the European Tour who in 2020, after more than 7 years from the last time, returned to success by making the Toscana Alps Open his own.

"The exploit on the Alps Tour helped to turn the corner. I went through negative moments and that was a small but important step. The victory, satisfaction aside, made me gain greater awareness to continue with even more conviction that path undertaken, made up of sacrifices and training, aimed at returning to excellent levels.

2021, as it was 2020, will be full of uncertainties due to the health emergency. I will probably start the year at the end of March on the Alps and then, from April, I will also concentrate on the Challenge. The race pace is lacking a lot and I think that playing with little continuity is the most complicated thing on a mental level "

Meanwhile, revelations of Bubba Watson: "I no longer need to hide that I am a man with some problems and that sometimes cries. There are ups and downs in life and I am not ashamed to admit it." The American golfer can also boast two career triumphs (in 2012 and 2014) at The Masters.

And that now, on the eve of The Genesis Invitational, an event of the PGA Tour until Sunday in California (which Watson has already won three times, the last in 2018), he wanted to talk about his sufferings. Caused by an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as anxiety problems, which has led to many teasing in the past.

"He hurt me - admits the 42 year old from Baghdad (Florida) - but now I have learned to know and manage myself" A suffering that has been part of his life for a long time, which got worse two years ago. When Watson couldn't sleep, he lost weight and feared for his life.

"I thought I was going to die, but I never stopped fighting" He was also and above all helped by golf. A sport, his sport, considered perfect for those suffering from ADHD.