Manassero wins silver medal for low am at British Open

story courtesy Royal and Ancient G.A. TURNBERRY, Scotland -- There was a great moment on Friday on the 16th green when 36-hole co-leader Tom Watson holed another of his monster putts. Moments later he was followed in on the same line from a mere 40 feet by playing partner, the young Italian amateur Matteo Manassero. Clearly delighted, the 59-year-old Watson slapped palms with the 16-year-old youngster — the oldest and youngest in the field celebrating together.

The kinship between the two players continued at the awards ceremony, where they stood together as Stewart Cink was awarded the Claret Jug.

Manassero claimed the Silver Medal for the leading amateur to complete four rounds. He made the cut with shots to spare at 141, and after an extremely strong final round of 69, he finished T13, just 2-over for the tournament and four strokes out of the lead.

The other amateur in the field, Stephan Gross of Germany, failed to make it through to the weekend.

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ABOUT THE British Open

The most coveted trophy in the game and one of the most iconic in all of sport: more commonly referred to as the Claret Jug. Within minutes of winning the British Open, the "Champion Golfer of the World" gets his name engraved on that cup, and a place in golfing history.

Amateurs have played an important role in the tournament over the years, with players like Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and more recently Alfie Plant stepping into the international limelight with their golfing performances.

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