Italy's Matteo Manassero became the youngest ever winner of the BMW PGA Championship as he claimed his fourth European Tour title at the age of 20 on the fourth hole of a sudden-death play-off at the magical Wentworth club.
It what was a testing week due to the ever changing weather conditions, the Italian (DryJoys Tour and StaSof) held strong scoring 4, 5, 4, and 4 in the play-off to take the title.
Overnight leader Alejandro Cañizares (Contour and SciFlex) missed from 18 feet on the last for an eagle to join the play-off and Lee Westwood (FJ ICON and StaSof) held a two shot lead after birdies on the second, third and fourth, but the Worksop born professional couldn’t keep his momentum playing the back nine and he finished equal ninth.
Manassero who looked very comfortable on the range at the start of the week shot rounds of 69, 71, 69 and 69 – a total of 10 under par and at the age 20 years and 37 days, beats the previous record of Bernard Gallacher, who was 20 years and 97 days when he won in 1969.
"I feel unbelievable, really emotional," The Italian announced after his dramatic win.
"It's been an amazing week. I have always felt something really special about this place and this tournament. Everything has come together this week. I managed to play well and managed to stay in contention after a tough day on Friday and pulled it off with this play-off."
"I am the happiest man in the world right now."
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We're very fortunate this week to be a part of a fantastic week in Surrey at the historic Wentworth club:
Peter Uihlein claimed his maiden professional title in superb style at the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI as the American’s nerveless four under par round of 68 earned him a two-shot victory at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra
Having started the day one shot off the overnight lead, Uihlein wearing DryJoys Tour shoes, StaSof glove and head-to-toe in FJ Apparel, got off to a stumbling start with a bogey on the first but he atoned for that blemish with back-to-back birdies at the third and fourth.
The 2010 US Amateur Champion, picked up another shot at the seventh, but dropped back again with two consecutive bogeys just before the turn.
The Floridian then came out fighting on the way back with four birdies, including three in a row from the 11th, which left him two shots clear on 15 under par and this presented Uihlein with his first win, in his 16th European Tour appearance.
“I’m just thrilled,” said the 23 year old. “To do it playing well on the back nine, coming down the stretch, is sweet.
“I just knuckled down I guess. It was all putting that did it today, I was just trying to free up and they started to roll in so it was nice. “I hit some good putts coming down the stretch. When I was at the 17th I saw Morten was on 15 under and I thought it might have been a little more difficult but when I got to the 18th green I obviously saw he had dropped back. I’m just delighted to have won.”
Congratulations Peter, it was a pleasure to see you close it out in style for your first win!
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Stunning views are on offer at the Clube de Golf do Santo de Serra course in Portugal this week:
After an intense play-off victory at the Ballantine’s Championship last Sunday, matters were much more straightforward at Binhai Lake GC for Brett Rumford, as he became only the 31st player to win consecutive titles on The European Tour at the Volvo China Open.
The 35 year old, who wore a full line up of FJ apparel in addition to FJ ICON shoes and SciFlex glove, surged clear of the field with five birdies in ten holes delivering a short-game masterclass to finish on 16 under par.
The jubilant Australian declared "As with last week I’m kind of speechless at the moment." and further added “It’s quite surreal – it’s the first time I’ve actually played the week after a win so I’m more than pleased. It’s hard to get my head around it at the moment.”
“I managed to get up and down when I really needed to. There are some very tight lies round the perimeters of the greens, so it was tricky.”
The fourth and fifth European Tour titles of Rumford’s career signal a remarkable upturn in form – he was 138th on The Race to Dubai a fortnight ago but now leads the way on €811,806, having won €775,406 in his past two tournaments alone.
“My putter was also really on song, as it was last week. It puts a lot of pressure on your opponent when you’re saving par all the time.”
Over on the Asian Tour, fellow FJ Staffer and FJ Performance Apparel Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger sealed a dramatic one stroke victory at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
Played at the stunning Royale Jakarta Golf Club, Bernd wearing head to toe FJ apparel and FJ ICON shoes and StaSof glove, shot a front nine of 34 to climb to the top of the leaderboard.
The Austrian added an eagle at the 12th and a birdie at the 16th to post a 15 under par total, one ahead of the field.
The 27 year old showed periods of exquisite iron play and stated post victory "I was struggling in the beginning after my birdie on one. But at the turn I got a bit of momentum going because I was confident with my ball striking.”
This is Bernd's first victory of the 2013 season and sixth international victory overall in what has been a scintillating weekend for FootJoy.
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