WENTWORTH — Matteo Manassero became the youngest winner in the 58-year history of the PGA Championship by beating Britain’s Simon Khan with a birdie four at the fourth hole of their playoff at Wentworth on Sunday.
The Italian is 60 days younger than previous record holder Bernard Gallacher of Britain who was 20 years and 97 days old when he lifted the coveted title in 1969.
Britain’s Marc Warren dropped out of a three-man playoff after hitting a wayward drive at the first extra hole and having to play three off the tee.
The trio had all finished on 10-under-par 278 at the European Tour’s flagship event after Khan, the 2010 champion, charged through the field with a six-under 66 while Manassero and Warren carded 69s.
Manassero also became only the second Italian to win the trophy, after former Ryder Cup player Costantino Rocca in 1996.
Spanish pair Miguel Angel Jimenez (67) and overnight leader Alejandro Canizares (72) shared fourth place on 279 after another day of sunshine and cloudless skies on the outskirts of London.
“It’s been an amazing week,” said Manassero at the presentation ceremony after capturing the fourth tour victory of his short career.
“I’ve always felt something really special about this place and this tournament. Everything has come together this week and I managed to pull it off in the playoff.”