Manassero wins Singapore Open in playoff

Manassero wins Singapore Open in playoff
November 11, 2012, 5:30 am
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Workers prepare the golf course prior to the start of the Singapore Open golf tournament at the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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SINGAPORE (AP) Matteo Manassero holed a 12-foot putt for eagle to beat Louis Oosthuizen on the third playoff hole and win the Singapore Open on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Italian became the first teenager to win three titles on the European Tour.

Oosthuizen and Manassero both finished at 13-under 271 in regulation. The South African had seven birdies and three bogeys to card a 67 in the final round, while Manassero, the third-round leader, had three birdies in a round of 69.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, barely missed a 4-foot putt for the title on the second playoff hole, covering his mouth in disbelief after it lipped out.

Rory McIlroy finished in third place at 10 under, guaranteeing he will win the European Tour money title. He becomes the second golfer after Luke Donald last year to win both the PGA Tour and European money titles in the same season.