Matteo Manassero gets home fans this week at Sicilian Open

Matteo Manassero was runner-up in Spain and sixth last week in Morocco
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VERDURA, Sicily (AP) - After missing a spot in the Masters, winning in front of a home crowd will be a motivating factor for Matteo Manassero at the Sicilian Open.

The 18-year-old Manassero was runner-up in Spain and sixth last week in Morocco, where he needed to win to enter the top 50 in the rankings and secure an 11th-hour place in the field at Augusta National.

Instead, his ranking rose to 61st.

``I have extra motivation in front of my own people,'' he said.

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