MATTEO MANASSERO eagled the third playoff hole to defeat Louis Oosthuizen in a marathon final day at the weather-affected 2012 Barclays Singapore.
World No.1 Rory McIlroy came home third to follow in the footsteps of Luke Donald and become only the second golfer ever to top the money lists on both the European and US PGA Tours.
Much of the third round was still incomplete at the start of the final day at the Sentosa Golf Club after lengthy storm delays on Thursday and Friday.
Manassero set about completing a seven under par 64 to lead by two going into the final round.
After closing with a 69 to finish tied with Oosthuizen (65 & 67) in regulation, the 19 year old Italian eagled the third play-off hole from 15 feet to deny the South African a third win of the season and hand The Race to Dubai title to McIlroy.
Manassero became The European Tour’s youngest winner two years ago and added a second title in neighbouring Malaysia last season.
“It’s been an extremely long day,” said Manassero. “The adrenaline kept me going and the key was starting really well this morning. Starting with some birdies gave me a lot of adrenaline to go forward.
“The play-off was just a great honour to play with Louis – it’s been amazing really. This year has been a tough year for me going through a few swing changes, but it has been amazing this week. I’m glad this came in such a great tournament.”
McIlroy shot 69-65 on the final day, an eagle at the last confirming his status as European Number One and allowing the Northern Irishman to match Ryder Cup teammate Luke Donald’s 2011 achievement of topping the money list on both sides of the Atlantic.
“It really is hugely satisfying to finally become the European number one, especially after finishing second two of the last three years,” McIlroy said.
“It has always been one of my goals to become number one in Europe ever since securing my tour card five years ago, but then to also end the year as both European and PGA Tour number one is just amazing. I feel so proud and humbled to join so many fabulous names in Europe who have won the order of merit.”
Thomas Björn recovered from his third round 74 with a 68 to take fourth on nine under, with Italy’s Francesco Molinari (72 & 68) and three-time winner of the event Adam Scott (69 and 70) tied for fifth.2012 Singapore Open Final Leaderboard