April 7, 2010
AUGUSTA---I don't know what you were doing when you were 16 years old, but I know I wasn't about the play in the biggest golf tournament in the world. But that is exactly what Matteo Manassero from Italy is about to do.
When 16-year-old Manassero tees off tomorrow, he'll make golf history as the youngest player ever to compete in the Masters. He turns 17 on April 17. Manassero will break the previous record held by Tommy Jacobs, who was 17 years and two months old when he participated back in 1952.
Manassero earned his spot by winning the British Amateur tourney. Now he gets to take the course with the big boys in Augusta. For him, it's a dream come true.
After Manassero plays this week, it's back to high school for him. He says he doesn't have any goals for the Tournament; he just wants to enjoy the experience.