Golfer at Masters Is 16—and Eclipsed by Tiger

Any other year, focus would be on youngest player ever
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2010 12:40 PM CDT
Golfer at Masters Is 16 —and Eclipsed by Tiger
Matteo Manassero.   (AP Photo)

Matteo Manassero is 16, the youngest ever winner of Britain’s Amateur Championship, and he's making his debut at the Masters as the youngest golfer ever at Augusta. So why isn’t he the big story in the golf world? Oh, right. “Any other year, Manassero would be the focus” of everybody's attention, blogs Nando Di Fino at the Wall Street Journal.

Praise for the young Italian has been universal, and he's been “charmingly respectful” throughout. His poor mom. She hasn't said anything, but "what doting Italian mother of a 16-year-old boy wouldn’t be stewing over a man of questionable moral judgment stealing the spotlight from her son?” (More amateur stories.)

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