WITH THIS WIN
SUNDAY OCTOBER 24, 2010 – CASTELLÓ MASTERS COSTA AZAHAR
• His first European Tour International Schedule victory in his 18th European Tour event.
• Created European Tour history by becoming the youngest winner, aged 17 and 188 days. This beats the previous record of Danny Lee, while still an amateur, at the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic, aged 18 and 213 days.
• As a result of this victory created European Tour history by becoming the youngest full European Tour Member, at 17 and 188 days. He beats the previous record of Seve Ballesteros, who was 17 and 200 days in 1974.
• His victory beats his previous best European Tour performance of third in the 2010 Omega European Masters.
• Moves into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
• The 13th first-time winner of the 2010 season. They are: Richie Ramasay (South African Open Championship), Andrew Dodt (Avantha Masters), Noh Seung-yul (Maybank Malaysian Open), Rhys Davies (Tropheé Hassan II), Louis Oosthuizen (Open de Andalucia de Golf), James Morrison (Madeira Islands Open BPI – Portugal), Fredrik Andersson Hed (BMW Italian Open), Martin Wiegele (SAINT OMER OPEN presented by Neuflize OBC), David Horsey (BMW International Open), Edoardo Molianri (The Barclays Scottish Open), Hunter Mahan (WGC – Bridgestone Invitational), John Parry (Vivendi Cup) and Matteo Manassero (CASTELLÓ MASTERS Cosata Azahar).
• Playing on a sponsor’s invitation. Is the third sponsor’s invitation to win on the 2010 European Tour season. He follows: Simon Khan (BMW PGA Championship) and Peter Hanson (Czech Open 2010).
• Although he has amassed enough money from his sponsor’s invitations for the 2011 season, is still classed as an Affiliate Member. Is the first Affiliate to win on The European Tour since Rod Pampling (2009 Sportsbet Australian Masters – Nov 08).
• Becomes the third youngest player to win on one of the Major Golf Tours. He follows Ryo Ishikawa (15 and 245 days, 2007 Musingwear Open – Japan Golf Tour) and Chinnarat Phadungsil (17 and five days, 2005 Double A International Open – Asian Tour).
• The 14th Italian victory in European Tour history.
• The eighth Italian to win in European Tour history.
• The 387h different player to win in European Tour history.
• First time two Italian players have won in the same European Tour season, following Edoardo Molinari (The Barclays Scottish Open and Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneneagles).
• Moves to €641,197 in The Race to Dubai and on his was to the Dubai World Championship presented by: DP World, after only joining as an Affiliate Member in May.
• The 11th Affiliate Member to win in European Tour history.
• Gains a European Tour exemption until the end of 2012.
• Gains his largest European Tour prize of €333,330.
• First win as a professional.
• Gains a place in the 2010 WGC – HSBC Champions.