Mateo Manassero earns victory in Singapore Open playoff

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Mateo Manassero earned his third European Tour win, defeating Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff in Singapore.  WONG MAYE-E/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Mateo Manassero earned his third European Tour win, defeating Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff in Singapore.

SINGAPORE — After already playing 33 holes at the Singapore Open on Sunday, the last thing Matteo Manassero probably wanted was to go back on the course for a playoff hole.

Or two playoff holes. Or three.

The 19-year-old Manassero persevered and holed a 12-foot eagle putt to beat Louis Oosthuizen on the third playoff hole to capture his third European Tour title and by far his biggest paycheck: $1 million.

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

“Winning a second major championship already made it a fabulous season, but then to follow Luke Donald in becoming No. 1 in both Europe and the States is the icing on the cake after a fabulous season,” he said.

Oosthuizen and Manassero both finished at 13-under 271 in regulation.

LPGA TOUR: In Guadalajara, Mexico, Cristie Kerr won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for her first LPGA Tour victory in more than two years, and Stacy Lewis tied for fourth to wrap up the player of the year award.

Kerr parred the final three holes at Guadalajara Country Club to hold off Angela Stanford and third-round leader Inbee Park by a stroke.

Kerr finished at 16-under 272 for her 15th LPGA
Tour title and first since the LPGA Championship in June 2010.

Stanford shot 68, and Park had 72.


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