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'Best season of my life', Manassero says of 2013

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) - Italian golf sensation Matteo Manassero may have missed the cut in the first three majors of this season but the 20-year-old rates his 2013 campaign overall as the best of his burgeoning career. In May, he became the youngest winner of the European Tour's flagship BMW PGA Championship, earning his fourth title on the circuit, and aims to end the year with a flourish after showing signs of solving recent problems with his driving accuracy.

Golf: Young gun Manassero hopes for Open coming-of-age

Brimming with confidence two months after the biggest win of his young career, Italy's Matteo Manassero said Wednesday he is now ready to challenge for the majors, including this week's British Open at Muirfield. Manassero became the youngest ever British Amateur Champion at the age of 16 in 2009 and followed it up the following year by becoming the youngest ever winner of a European tour event.

Golf: Manassero targets Ryder Cup after win

A new slim line Matteo Manassero targeted next year's Ryder Cup after landing the biggest title of his career in the European PGA Championship here at Wentworth on Sunday. The Italian shed seven kilograms of weight during a fitness push in the off-season when he cut out the carbohydrates and pushed weights in the gym. It paid off as the 20-year is fitter and survived a four-hole play-off at Wentworth beating Simon Khan to the title and playing himself into the world's top 50.

Golf: Chinese wunderkind dreams of legendary 'grand slam'

China's 14-year-old prodigy Guan Tianlang has set his sights sky-high by aiming to become the first player to claim golf's legendary 'grand slam': winning all four majors in the same year. Guan will next month become the youngest golfer to compete in the US Masters -- the first of the season's most prestigious tournaments -- when he tees off at Augusta National aged just 14 years, five months and 17 days.

Golf: Chinese wonder-kid dreams of legendary 'grand slam'

China's 14-year-old prodigy Guan Tianlang has set his sights sky-high by aiming to become the first player to claim golf's legendary 'grand slam': winning all four majors in the same year. Guan will next month become the youngest golfer to compete in the US Masters -- the first of the season's most prestigious tournaments -- when he tees off at Augusta National aged just 14 years, five months and 17 days.
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