Manassero to put foot down in 2012

Italian wunderkind to play more events on European Tour next season

Golfmagic Tour
Thu, 29 Dec 2011

As the youngest-ever European Tour champion and youngest to make the cut at the Masters, Italian sensation Matteo Manassero has done plenty of things right in his short career-to-date.

Having announced his name on the world stage when landing the Castello Masters as a 17-year-old last year, before adding the Malaysian Open in April, Manassero has been chasing the shadows of his fellow fresh-faced generation of Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler in recent months.

It showed again two weeks ago when Manassero missed the cut at the Australian Masters.

But the now 18-year-old knows exactly why he stalled in the latter stages of 2011 - accepting he tried to ease himself through his first full season on the European Tour. Don't expect the same laidback attitude next season.

“Next year I’m going to play a little bit more and make more runs of three or four tournaments in a row just to keep the momentum going,” said Manassero, who intends to play more than 30 events in Europe next season, instead of the 22 this year.

“That’s what I really need. Many times I stopped for two weeks and then I came back to the tournament and it felt like it was the first for the year. It’s not a matter of being tired, I just want to play a little bit more.”

Despite conceding everything came in a rush ever since making the cut at Augusta as a tender 16-year-old, Manassero believes he’s learning more about himself and his game every day.

“It came much quicker than what I thought, but because I pass through this moment of not scoring that well, you understand yourself a little bit more,” added Manassero, who has picked up just one top-20 finish in his last 12 events on the European Tour.

“I'm also growing mentally and growing physically. I’ve got a lot of time ahead of me. I’m enjoying it more than perhaps somebody that’s been doing it for 25 years.”

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