Matteo Manassero confident of breaking into world top 10
Last Updated: 20/06/13 8:03am
Matteo Manassero: Knocked of the top of the Race to Dubai by Justin Rose
Matteo Manassero has set his sights on breaking into the world's top 10 as he looks to get over a disappointing US Open campaign.
The Italian roared to the top of the Race to Dubai standings with his thrilling BMW PGA Championship victory last month, but he has been knocked down to second by US Open victor Justin Rose.
Manassero missed the cut by a shot at Merion after rounds of 75 and 74 left him nine over, and he is counting on a strong week at the BMW International Open to boost his hopes of breaching the world's top 10.
"I think top 10 would be a great achievement," said the 20-year-old. "I was 13th last year, so I guess a step forward would be top 10.
"I'm in good position to do it but we're only in June. You have to keep your form up, you've got to keep playing well. I guess this stretch this summer is going to be really important for me.
"It's nice to be close to the top in The Race to Dubai - that's where I play and where I want to do well."
Meanwhile, Danny Willett is hoping a back problem will not hamper the defence of his maiden European Tour title secured 12 months ago.
"I've been trying to make sure the back is good and strong, especially for this one, so I'm happy to come back," said Willett, who edged out Marcus Fraser in a play-off in Munich last year.
"I had an MRI (scan) a couple of weeks ago and last week to check out how the progress is, and it showed a couple of different things.
"I just need a bit of hard work and a bit of rest and physio - it's a long process but it's getting on."