Matteo Manassero struggling to get into The Masters next month

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 Matteo Manassero struggling to get into The Masters next month

 Matteo Manassero of Italy is fighting a long and hard battle to collect enough points to get him into The Masters next month. His performance in the Transitions Cup didn’t help him much with his endeavours as he double bogeyed the last two holes. Not only did he lose a considerable amount of money but he also lost the precious World Ranking Points. "Every shot can make a difference when you're trying to steal some points," he said.

Manassero is still at 55th position in the rankings and needs to break into top 50 to qualify for the Masters. He was the low amateur in last year’s Masters and if qualified this year, he would be the only player to have played in two consecutive Masters at the age of 17. Many of the critics have viewed Manassero’s decision to come to the US, dumping the Sicilian Open and the Open De Andalucía in Spain as foolish and reckless. The Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), although a complicated thing to understand, Manassero would have fared better at the European Tours gaining a lot more points than he could possibly gather here in the high profile US Tour. Raphael Jacquelin, for instance, earned 24 OWGR points by winning the Sicilian Open while Scott Stallings earned just as many for finishing third in the Transitions Championship. Manassero, who is obviously looking to finish higher up on the leader board in the tournaments, would have finished off in a much better position in the European Tour. This might be the view of some critics but it doesn’t go without saying that there are lesser points available on the OWGR in Europe as compared to the US because of difficulty in the fields.

Among Manassero’s various competitors are the Denmark's Anders Hansen who is currently ranked 43rd and has assured a place in the Masters, while J.B. Holmes is at 59th position and would need to rack up 10 OWGR points to work up his way into Masters. For Manassero, it would be quite a feat to make it into the Masters. His past performance, especially in the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship speaks volumes about his class and current form.

 

 

 

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