ITALIAN teenage golfing sensation Matteo Manassero is the latest signing for the 2011 JBWere Australian Masters.
Manassero will join world No.1 Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and defending champion Stuart Appleby at The Victoria Golf Club from 15-18 December.
Tickets for the event go on sale from Tuesday 16th August.
Eighteen year old Manassero is currently ranked #30 in the World and has already established himself as an international star with a number of records to his credit.
He became the youngest winner in European Tour history when he captured the Castello Masters in October 2010 at 17 years and 188 days and claimed his second European Tour win at the 2011 Malaysian Open shortly before his 18th birthday on 19th April.
Manassero was also the youngest – and first Italian – winner of the Amateur Championship in June 2009 and became the youngest winner of the Silver Medal awarded to the leading amateur in The Open Championship the same year. In April 2010 Manassero became the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters Tournament.
“I have heard many great things about the Melbourne sandbelt and I am really excited about the opportunity to play in Australia. One of the great things golf affords me is the opportunity to travel to different countries and experience the different cultures and conditions,” Manassero said of his first Australian visit.
David Rollo, Vice President – Director of Golf IMG Australia said:
“We are delighted that Matteo has included the JBWere Masters in his 2011 schedule and his achievements to date are remarkable. We look forward to announcing further players in the weeks ahead but as in previous years, we have maintained an affordable and accessible ticketing policy with daily tickets to the JBWere Masters still under $50.
“Another important element of our ticket policy is to promote golf and we are pleased to continue our policy of providing complimentary access to children under 14 years of age accompanied by a paying adult ticket holder.”
Tickets are available through Ticketek outlets, by phone on 132 849, or online here.