Matteo Manassero inks multi-year FootJoy agreement
May 10, 2010
Former world no. 1 amateur Matteo Manassero has signed a multi-year shoe and glove deal with FootJoy. The 17-year-old Italian wore FootJoy during his elite amateur career, and will continue to do so in the paid ranks. For his professional debut at the BMW Italian Open Manassero chose the FJ Icon shoe and the StaSof glove, making the cut and finishing in a very creditable tie for 29th at 5-under par for the tournament, collecting his first pro cheque for €11,960.
“Matteo is a fantastic young player who we at FootJoy are extremely excited to be working with,” commented Richard Fryer, European Marketing Manager at FootJoy. “He has some astounding achievements already in his short career, and we look forward to further success with him in the future.”
Manassero first burst onto the scene at sixteen years of age, becoming the youngest ever winner of the Amateur Championship in 2009. Since then he has taken the golf world by storm; he won the Silver medal and claimed 13th place in the Open Championship at Turnberry, after playing the opening rounds with five times Champion Tom Watson. In 2010 he became the youngest ever competitor at the Masters Tournament, and won the Silver Cup for low amateur, finishing in 36th place.
The FootJoy brand is enjoying significant momentum, with a vibrant product line and an unparalleled stable of players. The ultra-stable Synr-G shoe continues to be the choice of many of the game's finest players, such as Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson. In addition, the new flagship FJ Icon delivers a great blend of performance and style, attracting a loyal following from elite players such as Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and now Manassero.