Matteo Manassero has dismissed comparisons to Rory McIlroy, insisting he still has some way to go to match the Northern Irish man.
Manassero won his most significant tournament to date at the weekend as he sealed the European Tour's PGA Championship on Sunday after a four-hole play-off against Simon Khan and Marc Warren. The victory was Manassero's fourth of his career, leading McIlroy to label him a “phenom” on social networking site Twitter.
Manassaro was delighted to have received such plaudits, but feels he still has a long way to go to match the achivements of two-time major winner McIlroy, 24.
Manassaro told reporters: '"You know, I've got so much respect for Rory. I have been saying this since a few years, I can say that for sure, that I think he's got the best game, the most talented player out here.
"He achieved so much. So I've got so much respect for him and I'm just happy that he tweeted something like that"
With the victory moving Manassero up to 28th in the world rankings and ensuring him a place in next month's US Open, a first major win could not be too far away. The Italian youngster will no doubt also have one eye on the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, when Paul McGinley's Europe will aim to retain the trophy they won by the narrowest of margins in Medinah last year.
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