Matteo Manassero Wins BMW Championship

Twenty year-old Italian, Matteo Manassero beat Brit, Simon Khan, and Marc Warren, from Scotland in a four hole playoff at The BMW PGA Championship in Surrey England. Warren was eliminated on the first trip back to the 18th tee, and Khan on the fourth. Manassero wins his fourth tournament on The European Tour, and becomes the youngest player to win at The Wentworth Country Club at Virginia Waters.

After Warren was eliminated, Manassero, and Khan traded shot for shot on the dangerous 539 yard par five, with both players making the bunkers around the green on the third trip. Manassero hit his bunker shot long, but holed the 15 foot putt for a birdie and getting one more bite at the apple.

On the fourth trip back to the tee, Khan hit a rescue club, and came up short, and in the water. He knew he had to go for the pin, because the young Italian was only 219 out. Manassero hit a perfect shot to 15 feet. Khan made a heroic effort but knew he was in trouble when it didn’t go in from the fairway.

Manassero lagged to less than a foot, and Simon Khan would have conceded if he could. Simon Khan put up a valiant effort, but came up with one shot too many.

Marc Warren got in trouble on the first playoff hole, and was able to locate his ball, but it was unplayable. He had hit a provisional, but because he identified his ball in the brush, had to go back to the tee and hit again. He caught a downhill lie. and his second shot found the water that runs the length of the green, and was done for the day.

Matteo Manassero has won a tournament in each of the years he has been on tour. His ranking before the win was 57th in the world, and 42nd on the Race to Dubai points list. I’m sure he will improve in both categories in lieu of his victory. Now that the young Italian has gotten his body to develop, he is getting longer off the tee, and with his victory, should pick up some confidence going forward.

The weather finally cooperated today in England, and it almost looked warm. Well..there were people in short sleeves, and some in hoodies. But the sun was out, and it was not raining.

Other notable finishes, 49 year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez shot 67 on both Saturday, and Sunday, and pulled to within one shot of making the playoffs with the leaders. Ernie Els fired a 67 on Sunday, and got within two. Sergio Garcia shot even par, and fell 13 spots into a tie for 19th place. The only American in the field, Peter Uihlein, had a good weekend, and ended at a respectful -6 under par, tied for 12th.