With the announcement that Edoardo Molinari will join brother Francesco in the European Ryder Cup team made by Colin Montgomerie last week, Italian golf has never been so strong.
Especially after Matteo Manessero, Italian teenage sensation, lead for the first time in a major tournament.
Manassero’s round of 65 yesterday shot him to the top of the leader board in the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland, and the 17-year-old Italian claims the feat of the Molinari brothers has been his inspiration.
Last year’s British amateur champion took a one shot-lead into the second day but doesn’t tee off until this afternoon, meanwhile fellow countryman and man of the moment, Edoardo, is -6 under through 14 holes and has raced to the top of the leaderboard at 11-under.
Riding high on his Ryder Cup spot, Edoardo will fancy his chances at winning his second title in two weeks and is currently 6/4 to do so.
Manassero, the youngest player to ever make the cut in the Masters, is bidding to become the youngest winner in European Tour history and is 10/1 to win the European Masters as he starts his second round.
The early men out are carding low scores as they enter the clubhouse and Manassero will be hoping to take advantage of the conditions as he looks to regain top spot.
Englishmen Graeme Storm and Anthony Wall are in the chasing pack and are capable of causing an Italian upset, they are 10/1 and 25/1 respectively.
Edoardo will be looking ahead to the Ryder Cup but will also want to prove himself after the faith shown in him by Montgomerie. See the full European Masters golf betting market here.