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Brent Kelley

Manassero Earns Third Victory Before Age 20

By November 11, 2012

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Matteo Manassero won the Barclays Singapore Open - cosponsored by the European and Asian tours - on Sunday, his third victory on the Euro Tour before the age of 20.

Manassero was 17 years and 188 days old when he won his first tournament, the 2010 Castello Masters, and set the European Tour record as youngest winner. He added win No. 2 at the 2011 Malaysian Open two days prior to his 18th birthday - the second-youngest winner in tour history. And now, age 19, he was win No. 3.

Even his third win would still put Manassero in the Top 10 on the list of the tour's youngest winners, at No. 8.

And no, no other teenager in European Tour history has won three tournaments, not even Seve Ballesteros.

The win is Manassero's seventh Top 10 of the year, but follows a lengthy stretch in the second half of the season with few good results. The weakness in Manassero's game is distance - he's one of the shortest hitters off the tee on the tour, averaging only 272 yards. That's 46 yards behind the tour leader, Nicolas Colsaerts, and 215th on the European Tour driving distance ranking. But he's been working on some small swing changes and equipment changes to try to gain a few more yards.

On Sunday at the Singapore Open, Manassero and Louis Oosthuizen finished 72 holes tied at 13-under 271. Oosthuizen had a 4-foot putt to win it on the second playoff hole, but missed. On the next hole, Manassero took the trophy with an eagle putt.

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