October 25, 2010
Matteo Manassero is 17 years old. He was born in 1993. And he just won the Castello Masters. Think about that for a second, and try not to despair too much.
The details: Manassero walloped the field at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo in Castellon, Spain, posting a -16 to win by four strokes. And his win, nice as it was on its own, was also a record-breaker, making him the youngest winner in the history of the European Tour. He was already the youngest winner of the British Amateur Championship, which he won last year. (I'll let you figure out how old he was.)
Manassero earned this win, starting two strokes behind Gary Boyd. But a 67 by Manassero, combined with a rocky 74 by Boyd, opened the door wide for Manassero.
In less-cheery news, Jose Maria Olazabal played four full rounds for the first time in 2010, overcoming his rheumatoid arthritis to post a final-round 78. Problem is, Olazabal wrote that he scored 77. And so guess what? He got disqualified by the dumbest rule in professional sports. Hope you're proud of that one, golf gods.