Manassero ends seven-year victory drought with Alps Tour triumph

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Former Italian teenage sensation Matteo Manassero has ended a seven-year winless drought to capture the Toscana Alps Open on the Alps Tour.

Manassero holed a birdie putt on the last to win for the first time since capturing the 2013 European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship.

The now 27-year old posted rounds of 63, 66 and 65 for a 19-under par 54-hole total on the Golf Club Toscana at Grosseto, Italy

The Italian created history in 2009, at age 16, in becoming the youngest winner of the Amateur Championship. In April, 2010 he became the then youngest to make the cut in the Masters.

Then in October 2010, at age 17, he became the youngest winner on the European Tour in capturing the Castellon Masters. In 2011, in winning the Singapore Masters, he became the youngest double winner on Tour and then a year later, Manassero collected a third title to be the only teenager to win three times before the age of 20 on the Tour.

He had tweeted in January of this year that he was working with coach James Ridyard and that things were “moving forward nicely, step by step without rushing”. This win seems to augur well for the efficacity of his approach. Let’s hope that we will be seeing a lot more of Matteo Manassero out on the fairways in the not too distant future.

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