Manassero’s Record Breaking Win At Wentworth
Matteo Manassero became the youngest winner in the 58-year history of the PGA when he beat Simon Khan and Marc Warren in a play-off at Wentworth.
The Italian is 60 days younger than previous record holder Bernard Gallacher who was 20 years and 97 days old when he lifted the coveted title in 1969.
As a result of winning the European Tour's flagship event Manassero will move from No. 57 inside the top 30 in the world rankings, leads the Race to Dubai and has booked a spot at this year's U.S. Open.
Manassero edged England's Simon Khan on the fourth extra hole of the longest playoff in the tournaments history after Scotland's Marc Warren exited on the first extra hole. The trio had finished at 10-under 278.
European golf’s newest superstar said. "I am the happiest man in the world right now". Manassero had already won three times in three years but by winning the European Tour’s flagship event the youngster catapulted himself into the upper echelons of the sport.. "Massive congrats," tweeted 23-year-old Rory McIlroy. "Makes me feel like an old man."
Manassero also became only the second Italian to win the trophy, after former Ryder Cup player Costantino Rocca in 1996. Now the 20 year old will be gunning for a Ryder Cup appearance himself when the tournament comes to Gleneagles next year.
On his 600th European Tour appearance Miguel Angel Jimenez (67) had a share of fourth place with fellow Spaniard and overnight leader Alejandro Canizares (72).
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