Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Manassero man of the Moment

Matteo Manassero became the youngest BMW PGA Championship winner in history at the age of 20 after a thrilling play-off victory at Wentworth Club. The Italian finished level with 2010 winner Simon Khan and Scotland’s Marc Warren on ten under par after 72 holes, but after Warren exited at the first play-off hole having driven into trees down the right, the two remaining players looked inseparable. It was the fourth additional trip down the 18th that eventually split Manassero and Khan – the latter finding water with his second while Manassero fired a brilliant approach to 20 feet and two-putted for birdie. “It's been an amazing week,” said the 2009 Amateur Champion. “I've always felt something really special about this place and this tournament. Everything has come together this week, and I managed to play well and stay in contention after a tough day on Friday, and pull it off in this play-off. “To be honest, I was less tense (in the play-off) than walking the last few holes, because you know you've done what you could for 72 holes. The rest is just about trying to hit good, regular shots, just try to make it as easy as possible and see what the other guys do. I managed to hit four good tee shots, and on a hole like 18 it's probably the most important.“I'm really excited. Besides this victory, you get all of these achievements that are amazing, but right now, I'm just thinking of winning the BMW PGA Championship.” Lee Westwood looked to be marching towards the title, but the Englishman dropped four shots in four holes on the back nine to slip away, but there was better fortune for veteran Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez, who finished birdie-eagle in his 600th European Tour event to take a share of fourth spot.


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