Matteo Manassero is a young Italian professional golf player – born on April the 19th 1993 in Negrar, in Verona surroundings – the youngest ever to win a European Tour. Matteo began his golf career at the age of three and a half at the driving range Easy Golf. In 1998 he joined Gardagolf Country Club and started to train with Franco Maestroni who coached Matteo technically and athletically since the very beginning.
After several national titles and a brilliant amateur career, 2009 was the best year ever for Matteo. He won the Medal Italian Championship and entered the Italian Open Top 25. Then Matteo won the British Amateur Championship, becoming the youngest winner ever in golf history.
In the same year, he placed 13th at Open Championship, earning the Silver Medal, doubling the record reached during the British Championship.
In April 2010, Matteo capped his outstanding amateur career with an historic performance at The Masters. He became the youngest player ever to win the tournament (16 years, 11 months). Thanks to this astonishing goal, the champion Tom Watson, 8 Major winner, who was playing in the same competition, described him as a “really good player”.
In the same month he won his last race as an amateur – the Umberto Agnelli Trophy at the Royal Park I Roveri of Torino, the seat of the Italian Open since 2009 – and, after only a month, took part at this competition in the same field for the first time as a professional.
In his first three months as a professional, Matteo placed 2nd at Rolex Trophy, one of the Challenge Tour stage, and 3rd at the Omega European Masters.
In October, Matteo defeated his opponents at the Castellò Masters with a 4 shot clear victory, becoming the youngest winner ever in Tour history (17 years, 188 days), since Seve Ballesteros, his idol.
Thanks to his achievements, he was awarded the prestigious Sir Henry Cotton European Tour Rookie of the year 2010.
In April 2011, two days before Matteo’s 18th birthday, he won his second European Tour title – The Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Since this victory, Matteo has been among the Top 50 in the world ranking and was involved in the European Team that took part to Seve Trophy.
Since January 2012, Matteo is an honorary member of Royal Park I Roveri of Turin and represents the Club as its official professional player while competing in Europe and around the world.
In 2012 he faced a good season with a lot of great performances: he placed 2nd at Andalusia-Costa del Sol Open, Spain, 6th in Trophée Hassan II, Morocco, 7th at Maybank Malaysia Open and at Reale Seguros Open de Espana. The golf season ended in the best possible way in November when he won – in a dramatic play-off against Louis Oosthuizen – the Barclays Singapore Open. This ensured him the third title of his career in less than 100 tournaments played, another record for him.
2013 was the year of coming of age. He won the BMW PGA Championship in a spectacular play-off, setting the record for youngest winner in the history of the event, which is considered second for importance only to the Open Championship.
For more than three years firmly among the Top 50 in the world ranking, Matteo has reached his highest position with the 11th place gained with a fantastic victory in Wentworth.
One of the most memorable moments of his career was the invitation, received in 2009 by the International Golf Federation, in order to represent golf in front of the International Olympic Committee. Matteo, together with the champions Padraig Harrington, Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie, delivered a brilliant speech to push the necessity golf comes back again as an Olympic game, starting next edition in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro.
Now Matteo is the Italian golf ambassador in the world. He doesn’t represent only the golf future, but also the growing popularity gained by this sport in countries like Italy, where it has been considered snobbish for a long time.
Off the pitch, Matteo is a Milan’s fan and a proud supporter of The Seve Ballesteros Foundation, The Laureus Foundation, The Associazione Dravet Italia and A.B.E.O. (Associazione Bambino Emopatico Oncologico).