4 May 2010

17-year-old Italian star turns pro

12:20 pm on 4 May 2010

The Italian golfer Matteo Manassero has turned professional, becoming the European tour's second youngest member after Seve Ballesteros.

The 17-year-old Manassero believes he's ready to compete on the pro tours after his tie for 13th at last year's British Open championship.

Only last month he became the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters.