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Matteo Manassero says his victory at the Castello Masters was more important than any record he may have broken.

Teen ace Matteo Manassero says his victory at the Castello Masters was more important than any record he may have broken.

The 17-year-old Italian became the youngest-ever European Tour winner at the age of 17 but insists thar breaking records is not important to him..

Manassero is trying to stay focused on building on from his first success, which came just six monthsafter his entry into his professional golf.

“I’m not really thinking about this (his record) at the moment, I’m still thinking about the European Tour win that I achieved, but I will probably think about the record in the future,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I want to win more events, he told Sky Sports.

“A major or a Ryder Cup (cap) is obviously the biggest dream a golfer can have.”

He said the recent success of the Molinari brothers plus his own emergence is bringing the game to the forefront of people’s minds in his native country.

“It’s getting more popular,” he added. “Obviously with three players winning tournaments and being part of a winning Ryder Cup team it’s great.

“People are starting to talk about golf more. It’s important that golf finally has some professionals do good after (Costantino) Rocca in the country, so that’s what really inspires the youngsters to play.”

Manassero admitted that, like so many youngsters on the continent, he was inspired by Seve Ballesteros as a boy.

“Seve Ballesteros has always been my idol. His personality and what he has done for golf and the tournaments that he has won – and they way he won them – made him different to other golfers,” he said.

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