Manassero seeks visa for HSBC Champions in China

CASTELLON, Spain (AP) — Matteo Manassero is scrambling to get a visa on short notice so he can play in the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai next week.

The 17-year-old Italian qualified Sunday when he became the youngest winner in European Tour history at the Castello Masters in Spain.

So rather than travel as scheduled on Monday from Valencia to Valderrama to play in Thursday's Andalucia Masters, Manassero flew back to Italy to try to obtain a visa for the Nov. 4-7 World Golf Championship event.

But his manager, Gorga Guillen, says getting a letter of invitation from China on short notice "is not going to be easy."

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