Manassero delight at 13th place
Italy’s sixteen-year-old amateur Matteo Manassero was a “very happy” young man after he finished in a superb 13th place.
Sixteen-year-old Matteo Manassero, youngest ever winner of the British amateur title last month, finished The Open in a superb 13th place on Sunday – and it could have been even better.
The Italian was in the top 10 after turning in 33 and then picking up his fourth birdie in eight holes on the 10th.
But he finished with bogeys at the 16th and 18th for a 69 and two over total of 282.
The second of those meant he missed by one equalling the lowest aggregate by an amateur in Open history set by England’s Iain Pyman (Sandwich 1993) and matched by Tiger Woods (Lytham 1996).
Manassero, youngest player in the event since Young Tom Morris back in the 1860s, had the thrill of playing the first rounds with Tom Watson and Sergio Garcia.
“I’m very happy. It’s very good, great achievement,” he said.
Although Justin Rose turned professional at 17 after finishing fourth 11 years ago, Manassero added: “I want to finish the school. My parents want me to finish the school and I’m pretty sure I will.”
Asked if he had looked at the leaderboard he added: “Yes – and then I three-putted.”
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