Italian amateur Matteo Manassero collects silver medal

By Associated PressJuly 19, 2009, 4:00 pm
135th Open Championship TURNBERRY, Scotland ' Matteo Manassero shot a 1-under 69 in the final round of his British Open debut just six weeks after the 16-year-old Italian won the British Amateur.
 
Manassero also had rounds of 71, 70 and 72 at the tricky Turnberry links to finish tied for 13th. He said his game was helped by playing the first two rounds alongside 59-year-old Tom Watson, the five-time Open champion who gave the young player plenty of advice.
 
The teenager from Verona finished 2-over 282 on Sunday and became the youngest winner of the silver medal for amateurs since it was introduced 60 years ago.
 
Playing with Tom Watson I grew up a little bit, Manassero said. Even if he didnt say something to you, even if he didnt give you advice, you have grown up just watching him. It was great.
 
Manassero made five birdies in his final round and would have finished with an even better score if he hadnt bogeyed two of the last three holes.
 
The last six weeks (since winning the Amateur title) I have been playing good, he said. I was very happy about this experience. Today was a good round and Im going to leave with the silver medal, which is special for me, a great achievement.
 
A fan of AC Milan, Manassero wore the blue colors of the Italian soccer team during the tournament and conceded that, even if he became a successful golfer, he would never achieve the fame of the soccer stars.
 
I love football, he said. In Italy its impossible (to be as famous) because football stars are always better than the others and everyone talks more about football stars than every other sport.
 
To get close to one of them would be great.
 
Manassero said his idol in golf was three-time Open champion Seve Ballesteros. As a 4-year-old, he chipped with the Spanish great at the Italian Open.
 
Asked why he had done so well at Turnberry, Manassero said his coach and caddie, Alberto Binaghi, had encouraged him to play on links courses.
 
We used to play a lot on links courses, said Manassero, who has played several amateur events in Britain. Our national team coach wanted us to play on links courses into the wind and I am always getting more comfortable. I have a low trajectory and I am comfortable with this type of golf.
 
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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

    The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

    PGA Tour:

    The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

    LPGA:

    We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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    Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


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    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

    The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.