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Italian Open: Matteo Manassero Takes a Mature Approach

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Matteo Manassero is ranked No. 327 in the world and hopes a new mind-set will help him improve.

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In 2010, 16-year-old Matteo Manassero of Italy became the youngest golfer to make the cut at The Masters. He turned pro shortly after and became the youngest player to win a European Tour event, and then went on to win three more titles by the age of 20. Then his game cooled. Now 24, Manassero, currently ranked No. 327 in the world, is looking to climb back up the rankings and put on a good show for his fans at home in this week’s Italian Open. This conversation has been edited and condensed.

Following a successful start as a professional, you hit a rough patch. How did you get past that?

I’m happy to achieve the things I did. I’m proud of it. But that’s the past. It was difficult for that year and a half that I didn’t play well because I couldn’t see myself improving or feeling better on the course. It was a struggle — it felt like a big backpack on my shoulders. It’s not difficult now that I know the right direction to…

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