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.
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
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
"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
"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
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
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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