Matteo Manassero is in second place behind Rory McIlroy and in front of the rest of the best golfers in the world at the British Open 2014 with a 67, -5 for the day. The Italian golf pro is on the rise with a great game and many more years of golf to come. Watch the video above to see an interview with the young talent and an insight into his swing.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. He Still Lives With His Parents
Manassero was born in the Province of Verona, a city in the north of Italy. Since a very young age, Manaserro was training seriously for golf at the Villafranca Golf Club, later changing over to the Gardagolf Country Club in Soiano del Lago.
As of April 2013, he had made over $4 million, but still lives with his parents in his hometown. Not only does he not own a house for himself that he could afford, but he does not own a cool Italian car since he has yet to get his license.
2. He Was the Youngest Player Ever to Make a PGA Tour Cut in 2010
Manaserro went pro at the age of 17 after having much success in his earlier years on the Amateur Tour. He managed to make the cut for the Masters when he was 16 years old in April 2010, to make him the youngest player to ever make the cut at the Masters or any PGA event. Before that, Bobby Cole had the record in 1967 and was two whole years older than Manassero’s 16 years 11 months and 22 days.
In April 2013, Guan Tianlang broke Manassero’s record at the age of 14 years and 5 months to become the youngest to make the cut.
3. He Was the First Teenager to Win Three Times on the European Tour
At the age of 17, Manassero won both The Castelló Masters in 2010 and the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2011.
By Novemeber 2012 he had won the Barclays Singapore Open to become the 1st teenager in history to have 3 European Tour wins.
He told the Express UK after:
It’s been great to become the first teenager to win three times, to have played in some Majors and the Masters, and to have twice broken into the world’s top 50 and stayed there for a bit of time. I have exceeded all my expectations so far but there is still a long way to go and a lot more for me to learn.
4. He is Ranked 69 in the World
For 18 weeks before Manassero went pro he was ranked No. 1 in the World Amateur Rankings. Since he has worked his way up to No. 69 on tour and will rise to top 50 depending on how well he continues to perform at the Open Championship.
He said of his game in an interview with Express UK:
I have done it because sometimes I am very hard on myself and that is something I will never change. I get angry if I do things wrong but that’s what keeps me going. I want to do my best.”
5. He Was One of Few to Address the IOC to Add Golf Into the Olympics
Before Manassero even went pro he was an part of the fight to bring golf into the Olympics. In 2009 he aided the cause, approaching the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2009 to help push it.
Thanks to him and other involved, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the first golf competition in the Olympics since 1904 at a course being built in the Reserva de Marapendi in the Barra da Tijuca zone.
Golf in the Olympics will include both men’s and women’s individual events.