Seventeen-year old Matteo Manassero has become the youngest European Tour winner after taking the Castello Masters title by winning with four strokes on Sunday.
Manassero started the final round on two shots behind the leader, British Gary Boyd, and made it to the front after an excellent homeward nine. He finished on a four-under 67 for a 16-under total of 268, ahead of Spaniard Ignacio Garrido (68) in second place.
Boyd ended up on 11-under on a shared third place with Dutchman Joost Luiten, Ireland’s Peter Lawrie, and Swede Christian Nilsson.
Manassero said to Sky Sports about the victory: “It feels fantastic, I’ve always worked for this moment and I’ve finally done it,” … “I was very nervous at the start and I didn’t have a great time of it from the eighth to the 11th but then I hit some great shots coming in. The key was saving par with a great putt on the 12th. From 12 to 15 I made the most of this tournament,”.
The young golfer is already being compared to Seve Ballesteros, who also made his break-through on the golf scene as a 17-year-old. Manassero, who only turned professional at the Italian Open in May this year, said he is proud to be compared to Ballesteros: “Seve is my idol and I am conscious that the way I play makes people compare me with him,”… “But Seve was just unique, I am a different player.” he said.