Malaysian Open: Manassero is youngest ever winner on Euro tour
Italian teenager Matteo Manassero became the youngest ever winner on the European Tour when he won the Castello Masters in Spain last year and the 17-year-old’s win in Malaysia is now his second success on the tour.
Frenchman Gregory Bourdy finished a shot off the lead after carding a final round 67, while Rory McIlroy finished a shot further back after losing from a winning position for the second time in a fortnight following his disastrous final round at The Masters.
An eagle on the par five 10th was the highlight of Manassero's final round, with two birdies and one bogey adding to his impressive final-round score of four under par.
He said he was proud of what he had achieved and was happy that he would now be playing in the remaining majors of the year.
“It's a great achievement after just 11 months of professional golf,” he said.
“It's a great achievement for myself and gets me into the majors — I just missed Augusta but playing the other three will be fantastic.”
The Italian believes he has had a great week and is happy with his overall performance.
“I had a really good week from the beginning,” he said.
“I didn't miss many shots apart from the second round when I didn't play great but I was still able to finish well and get in contention. I had a really good weekend and managed to get the win.”
But Manassero also insisted that he now has to start looking ahead to picking up more event wins.
“I'm really proud of that and the next target will be winning another tournament and keeping the momentum going. It's going well and we'll see what happens,” he said.
McIlroy came out on the final day and extended his overnight lead with a birdie on 10. But he was passed by the end of the third round after a double-bogey at the par three 15th left him on par for the round.
Another double-bogey and two further bogeys hindered McIlroy's final round to leave him third overall and two shots behind Manassero, and he was unhappy with the result, given his great start to the event.