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.
Name: Matteo Manassero
Birthdate: April 19, 1993
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Favorite food(s): Spaghetti.
On My iPod: All types of music, most of them are POP.
Favorite Movie(s): The Hangover, Breakpoint.
Hidden Talent: Soccer.
Biggest Fear: Snakes and spiders.
Favorite Course: Augusta National, Turnberry.
Dream Foursome: Just me and Phil Mickelson.
Favorite Golfer Alive/Deceased: Seve Ballesteros.
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 putts as you can.
Shot I Love To Practice: All types of approach shots.
Needs improvement: Always need improvement.
Favorite Club: Putter and my 58-degree wedge.
Ball Marker: Black Sharpie.
Age I First Broke 70: 13.
Lowest Round Ever: 64.
Love To Trade Places With: Alberto Binaghi (his caddie and coach).
Favorite Non-Golf Athlete: Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps.
What’s In The Bag:
Driver: Titleist 909 D3 Axivcore Proforce 69X, 3-Wood: Titleist 909 F2 13.5 degrees with a Proforce V2 86 X, Hybrid: Titleist 909 H 17 degrees with a Fujikura Speeder X 86, Irons: AP2 from 3 to PW with a Dynamic Gold S400, Wedges: 52- and 58-degree Titleist prototypes, Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype.