Omega European Masters: Matteo Manassero 'refreshed and raring to go' at Crans
Last Updated: 05/09/13 9:50am
Matteo Manassero: Raring to go after much-needed break
Matteo Manassero tees-up for the first time in almost a month when he competes in this week's Omega European Masters.
The 20-year-old Italian has complained of being 'tired' and has struggled since becoming the youngest winner of the BMW-sponsored PGA Championship in May.
Manassero, who won the prestigious Wentworth title in a play-off, has not posted a top-20 in his last seven starts.
His last four appearances have yielded finishes of 57-MC-53-72, the latter coming in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
But this week he hopes to re-kindle his desire in the Swiss Alps and a good display over the picturesque Crans-sur-Sierre.
Manassero said: "I just needed a good rest after Oak Hill as I wasn't playing that well and I was really worn out at the PGA and even before that.
"I was getting very frustrated by not playing well and my head was in a different place.
"I just felt a bit burnt out and very tired and was desperate to get away from the game.
"I feel I have cleared my head and I'm fresh and ready to play again."
"I spent a couple of days in New York after the PGA and also went to the Caribbean but for much of the time I've just been resting.
"And it was only in the last six days I've started working hard again on my game trying to put things together.
"So I feel I have cleared my head and I'm fresh and ready to play again."
Manassero is currently No 31 in the world and fifth on the Race to Dubai money list.
As for his ambitions for the rest of the season, he added: "After winning Wentworth I want to try and win again this year because that has never happened in my career before.
"So after this long break I have come here to Switzerland feeling fresher in my mind and my body and looking forward to the remainder of the year.
"Also, the Ryder Cup qualifying started last week and I would like to get myself off to a good start before the WGC and Majors start next year."