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“I hope he’s going to have so much fun like I did,” Manassero said

Manassero already had a well-deserved reputation as a phenom when he arrived in 2010. The previous year he’d become the youngest _ and first Italian _ to win the British Amateur. He also was the youngest to win the Silver Medal, given to the leading amateur at the British Open.

While there was plenty of hype surrounding his first appearance here, Manassero said he never felt pressured.

“Last time it was much more about enjoying,” he said. “It was great that I had that opportunity because, of course, not many amateurs have that, and I got to make some experiences you wouldn’t be able to make as a professional.”

Manassero turned professional shortly after tying for 36th at Augusta National, and later that year became the youngest winner in European Tour history with his victory at the Castello Masters. He’s won twice more since, making him the first teenager with three victories on the European Tour.

He was 44th on the final world rankings last season, earning him a trip back to the Masters.

“This is more business-like,” Manassero said. “I’m more focused onto performing well and scoring well, playing my game. It’s more about competing and, at that time, it was more about living the atmosphere of Augusta.

“I didn’t expect to play as well as I did in 2010 here,” he said. “Now people expect me to play well and compete well in the Masters. I expect that as well.”