Matteo Manassero to focus on visa

VALDERRAMA, Spain -- 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."