Matteo Manassero is a young Italian professional golfer - born on the 19th April 1993 in Negrar, a province of Verona. Matteo began his golf career at the age of three and a half at the Golf Club Villafranca. In 1998 he joined Gardagolf Country Club and started to train with Franco Maestroni who taught Matteo the importance of technique and athletic preparation from the very start.
After several national titles, in 2009 and at the age of 16, Matteo won the British Amateur Championship - the most prestigious tournament in the world for amateurs. Matteo became the youngest winner ever to compete in the tournament and received an invitation to participate in The Open Championship. During the Open Championship Matteo played with Sergio Garcia and the legendary Tom Watson and finished tied 13th which made him the youngest ever player in 60 years to win the silver medal.
In April 2010, Matteo capped his outstanding amateur career with an historic performance at The Masters. He became the second youngest ever player to compete in the tournament (16 years, 11 months), the second youngest ever player to make the cut since Bobby Cole in 1967, the first amateur to make the cut since Ryan Moore in 2005 and the first British Amateur Champion to make the cut since Sergio Garcia in 1999. Matteos final score of 292 (+4) featuring a birdie on his last hole put him in a very impressive 36th place.
In May 2010 Matteo turned professional at the BMW Italian Open at Royal Park I Roveri. In his first three months as a professional Matteos performance assured him of a 2011 European Tour card. Matteo then became the youngest winner in Tour History with a 4 shot clear victory at the Castello Masters giving him full membership on the European Tour he became the youngest player to achieve full membership since Seve Ballesteros, Matteos idol. Later that year Matteos achievements led to him being named the prestigious Sir Henry Cotton European Tour Rookie of the year, another amazing accolade, one which the likes of Faldo, Jacklin, Lyle, Olazabal and Montgomerie have been awarded in the past.
In April of 2011, two weeks before Matteos 18th Birthday he won his second European Tour title - The Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Since this win Matteo has had seven top 10 finishes and is currently in the top 30 of the European Tour Race to Dubai.
In 2012 he faced a season of ups and downs with a lot of good performances and a big number of top tens. He showed his best shape in November though, when he won - in a dramatic play-off against Louis Oosthuizen - the Barclays Singapore Open. This ensured the third title of his career in less than 100 tournaments played, yet another record.
2013 is the year of consecration, he won the BMW PGA Championship, a tournament considered second only to the Open Championship in a spectacular play-off, setting the record for youngest winner in the history of the event.
Matteo plays quickly and smiles often a refreshing style compared to the emotionless golf displayed by modern age young pros and clearly has his sights set on following his idol, Seve Ballesteros, to the top of the World Golf Ranking.
From a philanthropic perspective, Matteo is a proud supporter of The Seve Ballesteros Foundation, The Laureus Foundation, The Associazione Dravet Italia and A.B.E.O (Associazione Bambino Emopatico Oncologico).
Golf ballTitleist ProV1x
4 Iron Titleist Ap2
5 to PW Titleist 714 MB
52° and 58° Titleist SM4 Wedges
Shaft: Project X Pxi 6.5
Driver Titleist 913 D3 9,5°, shaft Fujikura Motore Speeder V 7.0 X
Fairway Wood Titleist 913F 15°, shaft Fujikura Motore Speeder V 7.0 X
Hybrid Titleist 913H 18°, shaft Project X Pxi 6.5
Hybrid Titleist 913H 22°, shaft Project X Pxi 6.5
PutterTitleist Scotty Cameron Select GoLo