Matteo Manassero holed a 12 foot putt for eagle on the third playoff hole to defeat fellow FJ staffer Louis Oosthuizen in the Barclay's Singapore Open.
Tropical storms on Friday forced the field to play most of their third round and all of the final round on Sunday. Matteo finished up his first 18 on Sunday with a bogey free 64 to race to the top of the leaderboard at 11-under par. Not to be outdone was former British Open Champion, Oosthuizen, who shot a third round 65 to keep pace with the Italian teenager.
Starting the final round with a two stroke lead, Manassero (FJ Sport and StaSof) rattled off two birdies in his first four holes to remain in control of the tournament. He then made 10 straight pars letting the South African back into the tournament, with Oostuizen (DryJoys Tour and SciFlex) drawing even on the 15th hole. Both players matched birdies on the final hole of regulation to finish at 13 under par.
Birdies were exchanged on the first playoff hole and pars on the next. Then Matteo closed out the tourney with a brilliant eagle for the victory.
Manassero stated post round, “The playoff was just a great honor to play with Louis - it’s been amazing, really. This year has been a tough year for me going through a few swing changes, but it has been amazing this week. I’m glad this came in such a great tournament."
This is Matteo's third win on the European Tour making him the first teenager ever to accomplish this feat.
Congratulations to Matteo on a great finish, he earned the victory.
Go Team FootJoy!
Just before Matteo sunk the winning putt, I noticed the FJ on his cap and said, "this is great, two FJ players, surely this will mean a "FJ Wins, You Win Contest". www.footjoy.com/.../player.asp
Great stuff from Matteo! Another young gun coming up through Titleist and FJ.
Interesting to see another Cameron GoLo notch a victory!
Here's to another 1st & 2nd place win Team FootJoy ! Congrat MM & LO... Great three hole play off !
Congrats to Matteo and FJ. An eagle, wow, what a way to win a playoff and the tournament.
Great Young player, looking for even bigger wins in his future. Great job
Good on him! Just watched my dvr'd coverage...great finish!
Congrats to Matteo Manassero, three European Tour wins as a teenager, pretty impressive!
3 time Euro Tour winner....well done Matteo!!
Great win by Manasero. This kid is a real star and living the life. Turned pro unbelievably young and has won a tournament in each of his first three years ... big, big future ahead.
Great win if take in account it happened after a play off against Louis. Congrats.