Tag Archives: Matteo Manassero

May
19
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

In case you missed the live interviews on Periscope — since it was dark-o-clock in the U.S. — I spoke with Nicolas Colsaerts, Luke Donald, Matteo Manassero and Mikko Ilonen this morning at Wentworth, the site of the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. (Don’t worry, I asked if I could use the live-streaming app in advance and received permission from the European Tour, which has different media regulations, and I’m pretty much allowed to Periscope until the cows come home from Monday-Wednesday.)

First, let’s check out my chat with the legendary Nicolas Colsaerts:


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Dec
16
2013
God.

God.

There are many ways to qualify — excuse me, receive an invitation to the hallowed grounds of Augusta National to play in the Masters Tournament every April. Well, actually, there are 19 different ways, one of which is to finish in the top 50 in the Final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year.

Well, finally, there are no more golf tournaments with world ranking points this year — that list was published on Monday, and 14 players were added to the 2014 Masters field. 

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Jun
13
2013
By Stephanie Wei under General
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Spectator areas (Photo cred: Twitter)

Mother Nature cut Merion a bit of a break. Considering predictions for doomsday storms on Thursday, the two weather delays — which wiped out most of the morning — were mild. No doubt it was wet, muddy and slushy, but the entire first round of the U.S. Open wasn’t a washout as the forecast called for the night before.

The morning wave finished easily, with father-of-the-year Phil Mickelson shooting a solid three-under 67 to take the early clubhouse lead.

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Jun
9
2013

Australian golf commentator Luke Elvy and I talk about the upcoming U.S. Open at the historical venue, Merion Golf Club. We also discuss Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and our favorites for the season’s second major championship.

Oh, did ya know? This upcoming Sunday marks the five-year anniversary to the date of the last major Tiger won — the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Ominous? Maybe.

Jun
2
2013
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour
Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, the husband of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presents Mikko Ilonen with the trophy  (Getty Images)

Check it out: Ilonen with Prince Daniel of Vastergotland, Sweden’s Crown Prince of Hipsterdom. (Getty Images)

Finland’s Mikko Ilonen held off challenges from home favourites Jonas Blixt and Alex Noren to capture his third European Tour title, and his first since 2007, at the Nordea Masters in Sweden earlier this afternoon.

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May
28
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
Day was runner-up at the U.S. Open

Day was runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Open

The USGA announced that 26 more players have earned their way into the U.S Open at Merion Golf Club, held June 13-16, in Ardmore, Pa. The following exemptions were awarded to 25 guys ranked in the top 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings as of May 27 that weren’t already in the field (obviously):

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May
26
2013
Go Manny!

Go Manny!

Matteo Manassero, who turned 20 only last month, birdied the fourth playoff hole, to capture the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event (the equivalent to The Players Championship on the PGA Tour). A trio of players finished regulation at 10-under and went into a sudden death playoff — Marc Warren was eliminated after the first extra hole and Simon Khan battled with Manassero for three more.

Manassero became the youngest player to win this tournament, which is a super big deal (imagine if say, Rickie Fowler, won The Players, a few years ago), and he has now won four European Tour events at merely 20 years, 37 days old, which is more than both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at the same age. 

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Jul
5
2012
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Thomas Levet makes his return to Le Golf National, scene of his infamous pond-diving mishap.

Building on the unexpected momentum provided by the success of last week’s Irish Open, the European Tour has decamped to mainland Europe this week for the Alstrom Open de France.

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Feb
22
2012

First I was afraid, I was petrified...

Match Play Wednesday is one of my favorite days of the golfing season. The only downside is there’s so much happening it’s hard to keep track of it all! Kudos to Conor for breaking down all thirty-freaking-two of the matches (sorry, dude!) — his picks fared alright, but as we all know, sometimes you have better luck using a coin to fill out your bracket.

Raise your hand if you had Luke Donald in your Round of 4? Yeah, well, if you picked Ernie Els to pull out a can of whoop ass, then you deserve major props. I think it’s safe to assume a lot of brackets busted when Els trumped Luke 5&4. Luckily, we’re still in the game because of the points system that Golfweek uses. Phew.

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Jan
27
2012
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Thørbjorn Olesen, obviously.

As expected, the 36-hole leader of the Abu Dhabi Championship is 22 years of age and the possessor of a world-beating long game. He doesn’t, however, go by the name of Rory McIlroy.

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