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Italian teenager Matteo Manassero has become the latest player to overtake Tiger Woods on the world rankings.

Italian teenager Matteo Manassero has become the latest player to overtake Tiger Woods on the world rankings.

The 18-year-old, who became a professional after last year’s Masters, only needed to finish 65th or better at the USPGA Championship to overtake Woods after he missed the cut on Friday. Not only would he then surpass the former world number one, he’d also knock him out of the top 30 altogether.

Manassero eventually finished with a final-round 70 that left him on on three over par – a tie for 39th spot, and unlikely to fall much further as the later starters completed their rounds.

“It was a tough week, but a good week,” Manassero said.

“I played really solid and I am really happy.

“If I had putted better I think I could have finished up on the leaderboard, but it doesn’t matter – I had another good experience and my game is improving.

Manassero was also asked to comment on overtaking the 14-time major winner.

“I knew I was very close, but I didn’t know that this result takes me above him.

“It’s been really quick – it’s amazing what golf can do – but it’s good in a way and sad in a way.

“It’s been a good ride for me (he has won twice on the European Tour already), but Tiger’s not in a good moment.

“I’m not happy it’s happened like this. It’s pretty sad to see him like this – everybody would like to see him back again playing well and playing as he did before.

“Guys have improved. There is so much more competition now and I’m happy to be around 30th in the world.”

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