'He Is Back!' - Social Media Reacts To Matteo Manassero's First DP World Tour Victory In 3,942 Days

It's safe to say that the Italian was a popular winner on Sunday, as he picked up the Jonsson Workwear Open by three shots

Matteo Manassero holds a trophy whilst four tweets sit around him
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Over a decade ago, Matteo Manassero was the brightest upcoming talent in the game of golf, with the Italian the youngest-ever winner on the DP World Tour at just 17 years and 188 days.

By the age of 20, he was a four-time winner on the DP World Tour, including the circuit's flagship tournament in 2013, the BMW PGA Championship. So, you wouldn't think it would take him 11 years to pick up a fifth title on the DP World Tour circuit...

Well... that's exactly what happened, with Manassero suffering a downturn in form that saw him drop into the 1000s of the World Golf Rankings, with the Italian losing his DP World Tour card in 2018. 

He battled back though, and, following victories on the Alps Tour and Challenge Tour, he secured his DP World Tour status for 2024. Now, on 10th March 2024, Manassero can call himself a DP World Tour winner again, 11 years on from his last victory in May 2013.

Firing a final round 66 at the Jonsson Workwear Open, Manassero birdied the final four holes of his fourth round to pick up the title by three shots. Calling it "the best day of my life on a golf course", the 30-year-old was understandably emotional following the victory.

Being such a popular winner, many big names from the world of golf voiced their congratulations to Manassero, with a number of peers taking to X/Twitter to send their praise to the Italian, given his long struggles during the past number of years.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x