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Get shorty: 70/1 short hitter who could be real value at Merion

by Paddy Power Admin | June 12, 2013

By Lawrence Donegan | U.S. Open betting

Matteo Manassero is that rare thing in golf, a winner. He won as a kid, he won as top flight amateur and now he has won as a professional – four times in four years for the 20-year-old, most recently at the BMW Championship, the flagship event of the European Tour.

That victory at Wentworth returned him to world’s top 50 but it also cemented him as the coming man of European golf, a potential future world No1, in fact.

Matteo Manassero

COMING UP SHORT: But Matteo Manassero’s game could suit this gem of a course

Certainly, he is talented enough – a fine ball-striker, an imaginative course manger and a sensational putter. He has it all except this – by modern standards he is a short hitter. Golf in the 21st century is a game for bombers, the 6ft-plus athletes who stand up and give it a rip. Dustin Johnson anyone?

The Italian is value at Merion

The good news is Manassero can alleviate that disadvantage – he can get into the gym and build some muscle and work of his technique to find a few extra yards if he wants to win that elusive first Major. That’s for the longer term. For the short term, there is this – he can get himself to the first tee at Merion at the appointed time.

By turning up he gives himself a chance on the old gem of a course which might have been laid up with young Manassero in mind. It places very little emphasis on length, only on accuracy off the tee and from the fairway and for a short game with guts. Only winners need apply here and the Italian is certainly that. Manassero is listed at about 70-1 to win come Sunday afternoon. There is a ton of value available for the punter but surely there is no better US Open value than that.


Lawrence Donegan is the Guardian’s former golf correspondent. He is the author of several acclaimed books which includes Four Iron in the Soul, based on his experiences caddying for tour pro Ross Drummond. In the 1980s he was a pop star. Follow him on Twitter here.

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