UAE amateurs have chance to play a part in Matteo Manassero’s day

Joy Chakravarty 10:43 21/10/2015
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Record-breaker: Matteo Manassero.

UAE amateurs are invited to be part of the action when history-making Italian star Matteo Manassero hosts a special ‘Golf in Abu Dhabi’ tournament at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club on November 2.

The 18-hole stableford event includes a 60-minute pre-tournament clinic by Manassero who became the youngest winner of a European Tour event when he captured the 2010 Castello Masters in Spain aged 17 years and 188 days.

Manassero, now 22, will then be stationed on one of Saadiyat Beach Golf Club’s par 3s, ensuring all players get to enjoy playing a hole with the Milan man who captured the fourth of his European Tour titles, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, in 2013, but has been winless since then.

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The Italian prodigy was unveiled as a global ambassador for ‘Golf in Abu Dhabi’ in 2011.

As well as the November 2 tournament at Saadiyat Beach, Manassero is looking forward to the opening event of the European Tour’s annual Desert swing – January’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship – as he looks to rebound from two winless, frustrating campaigns.

Once ranked as high as 29 in the official world golf rankings, Manassero has slid from 158th at the start of this season to a lowly 491 and is positioned well outside the top-60 players who will contest the Race to Dubai’s season-ending DP World Tour Championships at Jumeriah Golf Estates.

But Manassero, who has a full tour exemption until 2018 courtesy of his BMW PGA Championship win, clearly has the pedigree to respond to the form stall and will enjoy his brief end-of-season desert golf reconnaissance mission to Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

UAE amateurs have the chance to enjoy the Manassero tournament where a sumptuous BBQ prizegiving dinner and Q&A will cap the event which will also be contested by 30 international golf journalists as well as winners of a Europe- and Asia-wide Manassero competition.

UAE golfers can guarantee their spot in the field (12.30pm shotgun start) with great rates, starting from Dh495 for Saadiyat Beach Golf Club members, Dh695 for member guest or Troon Executive Card holders and Dh895 for Emirates Golf Federation members and visitors.

Spaces are limited so email your entry to [email protected] before they are filled up.

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