Rory McIlroy was left far behind young Matteo Manassero who has won his second European title at the Malaysia Open.
McIlroy missed the opportunity of a 4 shot lead at the Masters finishing with 80, led by 3 shots at one stage in third round spoiled by rain.
At the same moment, the golfer shot a 72 in the 3rd round and a bogey at the 18th in the last round resulting in a 69, two strokes adrift.
The 17 year old Manassero who turns 18 this coming Tuesday, kicked the hole for his 68 and finished with 16 under.
That was the perfect gift for the young golfer who has already won his second European title for the last two years. The Castello Masters was Manassero’s last year victory, this time he managed to take £255,075 in Malaysia – the main winner’s prize.
According to the ex-British Amateur winner, this was an amazing achievement for him, especially taking into consideration how young he was. He would never expect to win at least one tournament before he was 18, and today he had two victories in reserve.
It was a very difficult task to win this tournament, as per Manassero’s words, because the course was really tight and the players were all very good and strong adversaries.
The young golfer has also paid his tribute to Seve Ballesteros, the ex world No.1 from Spain who he thinks his hero and example for imitation. The Spanish legend has even sent Manassero a letter after he has won a Spanish tournament.
The young Manassero’s achievement has frustrated the Northern Irishman McIlroy who lost his hopes to a victory at the final round of the tournament already. And though he was playing pretty well and was a serious rival to the 17 year old Verona-based golfer, the final round has made everything just so.
McIlroy said he was very disappointed with the results but also considered it was a good week despite anything else. He has made a 25-hour flight to the tournament after Masters and was proud of himself and the results he achieved at the tournament.