Manassero skips Andalucia to focus on Shanghai bid

Matteo Manassero hopes to play in the HBSC World Championship in Shanghai.
Alberto Saiz/AP

VALDERRAMA, Spain (AP) — Matteo Manassero has pulled out of this week’s Andalucia Masters at Valderrama to focus on getting a visa in time for next week’s HBSC World Championship in Shanghai.

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

He’s in Rome trying to get a visa to visit China for the $7 million tournament in Shanghai.

Manager Gorka Guillen says Manassero “has still not obtained the necessary letter of invitation from the sports ministry to get a visa, and that remains the key issue.”

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