Manassero looking to be the Man at AAM Scottish Open

ClubGolfers attending this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open can watch one of golf’s brightest stars in Matteo Manassero, as the Italian targets the Castle Stuart title as one of the most important on his summer schedule.

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The 20-year-old became the youngest ever winner of the PGA Championship after his thrilling play-off victory over Scotland's Marc Warren and Englishman Simon Kahn at Wentworth last month, cementing his position as the most exciting young player on the European Tour.

Having burst into the golfing limelight by winning the Amateur Championship and then the Silver Medal for leading Amateur at The Open in 2009, Manassero joined the European Tour following year, becoming its youngest winner at the 2010 Castello Masters Costa Azahar. He won the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2011 and the Barclays Singapore Open last year to become the first teenager to win three times on Tour.

As he defeated Khan and Warren over extra holes over Wentworth's West Course, the world was witnessing a more mature and athletic Manassero, who now sees himself as capable of competing for some of the most prestigious titles.

"Winning at Wentworth was a big moment for me," said Manassero, who finished in a tie for 36th place at Castle Stuart last year.

"It was the biggest win so far of my career and winning such an important tournament gives me a lot of belief going into the summer.

"You look at the history of the PGA and the great players who have won it and realise how big a step that could be in your career. All of that gives me great confidence for the summer.

 "I just have to try and stay focussed on what I am doing and try to win tournaments. The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is one of the biggest events on The European Tour Schedule and one that I would love to win, especially on a links course like Castle Stuart."

The Italian challenge for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title promises to be a strong one, with Manassero being joined in the field by the Molinari brothers - Edoardo, a former winner of the title at Loch Lomond - and Francesco, who was edged out by defending champion Jeev Milkha Singh of India after a play-off at Castle Stuart last year.

ClubGolf will complement the drama unfolding on the course with a whole range of activities being schedule during tournament week at the Highland links.

The Big Chipping Challenge, which will attract more than 500 children to take part, will take place on Wednesday July 10, with other opportunities to engage with the ClubGolf programme taking place within the ClubGolf activity zone. These will include coaching sessions, the opportunity to have a go on the children's simulator, a nine-hole crazy golf 'course', taking on the short game challenge and winding down within the child-friendly ClubGolf Café.

Entry for children under the age of 16 being accompanied by an adult is free of charge, with no charge for car parking.

For further information about the activities that are being organised by ClubGolf at the Aberden Asset Management Scottish Open, and during the wider ClubGolf Festival beginning with ClubGolf Camps in the first week of July, visit clubgolfscotland.com/events.

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