Born:Dec 4, 1956 in Almenno San Bartolomeo, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy.
Original/Home Club:Bergamo "L'Albenza" GC
Played as the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy - Seniors Tour Championship (Nov 8-10; European Senior Tour season-ending event). Second-placed Nick Job (Eng) finished one shot behind Costantino Rocca (Italy), who recorded the second of his two wins on the Tour. [Buckinghamshire GC, Denham, Bucks].
Played as the AIB Irish Seniors Open in association with Greenstar & Fáilte Ireland (June 1-3). Second-placed Juan Quirós (Esp) and Kevin Spurgeon (Eng) finished 2 shots behind 50-year-old Costantino Rocca (Italy), who recorded his first European Senior Tour win. [Palmerston House GC, Johnstown, Co. Kildare - at the time known as PGA Natl Ireland].
Rocca (Italy) won the Eurpn Snr Tr 2007 Hardy's Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. He finished second on the Tour's Order of Merit, with earnings of €277,783.
Played as the West of Ireland Golf Classic (Aug 12-15). Second-placed Pádraig Harrington (Ire) finished 2 shots behind Rocca (Italy), who recorded the last of his five European Tour wins. [Galway Bay G&CC, Co.Galway, Ireland].
Played as the Canon European Masters (combined with the Swiss Open). Second-placed Scott Henderson (Scot) and Robert Karlsson (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Rocca (Ita). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
Played as the Volvo PGA Championship (May 24-27). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) and Paul Lawrie (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Rocca (Italy), who recorded four sub-70 rounds to become the first Italian to win the PGA Championship. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
Played as the Open de Lyon (April 1-4). Second-placed Gabriel Hjertstedt (Swe), Joakim Haeggman (Swe), Barry Lane (Eng) and Paul McGinley (Ire) finished 6 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Rocca (Italy). [Sangliers course, Lyon GC, Villette d'Anthon, nr Lyon].
Played as the Peugeot Open de France. Rocca (Italy) beat Paul McGinley (Ire) at the first playoff hole. [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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