At 16, Italy’s Matteo Manassero is on top of the amateur golf world. At No. 1 in the
World Amateur Golf Ranking, he became the youngest ever (and the first Italian)
to win the British Amateur and tied for 13th in last year’s British Open. Manassero
plans to play in The Masters (as an amateur) in April where he will become the
youngest contestant in tournament history. Sorry college coaches, no recruiting
here. Manassero plans to turn pro after The Masters.
BIRTHDATE April 19, 1993
FAVORITE FOOD(S) Spaghetti.
BIRTHPLACE Verona, Italy
ON MY iPOD All types of music, most of them
FAVORITE MOVIE(S) “The Hangover.”
HIDDEN TALENT Soccer.
FAVORITE COURSE Augusta National, Turnberry.
DREAM FOURSOME Just me and Phil Mickelson.
FAVORITE GOLFER ALIVE/DECEASED Seve
WORDS TO LIVE BY Believe in your dreams.
BEST GOLF TIP Put some tees around the hole
at different distances and try to hole as many as
SHOT I LOVE TO PRACTICE All types of approach
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT Always need
FAVORITE CLUB Putter and
my 58 degree wedge.
BALL MARKER Black
AGE I FIRST BROKE 70 13.
WHAT’S IN THE BAG
LOWEST ROUND EVER 64.
LOVE TO TRADE PLACES
WITH Alberto Binaghi (his
caddie and coach).
ATHLETE Usain Bolt,
DRIVER Titleist 909 D3 Axivcore Proforce
69X, 3-WOOD Titleist 909 F2 13. 5 degrees with
a Proforce V2 86X, HYBRID Titleist 909 H 17
degrees with a Fujikura Speeder 86X, IRONS
AP2 from 3 to PW with a Dynamic Gold S400,
WEDGES 52- and 58-degree Titleist proto-
types, PUTTER Scotty Cameron prototype.