Manassero breaks the seven-year drought by successful the Toscano Open
Matteo Manassero won his first tournament since the BMW PGA Championship 2013 by winning the Toscano Open of the Alps Tour at the Toscano Golf Club in Italy.
The 27-year-old Italian has struggled with his game since winning the European Tour four times in the first three years of his tour, slipping to his current world rankings of 1,805. Since the beginning of the year, however, he began to rediscover the form in which he became the youngest winner of the European Tour in 2010.
Back on home soil and on a tour that was two steps away from the European Tour, Manassero had to endure a tense battle for the final lap with Spaniard Angel Hidalgo Portillo, long before he hit one with a birdie putt on the par five Overdue victory was achieved by final hole, which took his score to 19 under par for three rounds.
Spaniard Manuel Elvira finished third on the 17th, courtesy of an eagle on 18th, while the best lap of the week came from Italian amateur Andrea Romano, who fired a final lap of 62 and after the lead on the first day, eleventh place occupied.
Portillo's second place brought him to sixth place in the Alps Tour the Order of Merit, while fellow countryman Jordi Garcia Del Moral kept first place after 24th place.
Manassero's five-year exemption from the European Tour for winning the BMW PGA Championship expired at the end of the 2018 season. He made 18 appearances on the European Tour last year and made only two cuts with a line average of 74.38. He finished the 2019 season 293rd in the money mist of the European Tour, a rank so low that he couldn't participate in any of the UK swing tournaments.