Who's who in golf - Costantino Rocca


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Name: - Costantino Rocca
Country: - Italy
Born : - Dec 4, 1956 in Almenno San Bartolomeo, Bergamo Province, Lombardy, Italy.
Original Home/Club: - Bergamo "L'Albenza" GC
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1981

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1993, '95, '97). Multiple wins on the European Tr (5) and European Senior Tr, plus several other wins in Italy. European Senior Tr Rookie of the Year (2007).


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Rocca, one of the best Italian golfers of the modern era, was a 'fan favourite' on the European Tour in the 1990s. He claimed five wins during his time on the Tour, before moving onto the European Senior Tour in 2007.

Most memorably, Rocca sank a 60 foot putt on the final hole in the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews. This joyously celebrated putt, played through the infamous 'Valley of Sin,' swept him into a playoff against America's John Daly. Of these two charismatic golfers, it was Daly who prevailed by four shots in the four-hole playoff.


Top tournaments won by Costantino Rocca

2007Snr EuropeIrish Snr OpenPalmerstown House211 (-5)€67,500
Played as the AIB Irish Seniors Open in association with Greenstar & Fáilte Ireland (June 1-3). Second-placed Juan Quiros (Esp) and Kevin Spurgeon (Eng) finished 2 shots behind first-time European Snr Tour winner Rocca (Italy). [Palmerston House GC, Johnstown, Co. Kildare - at the time known as PGA Natl Ireland].
2007Snr AwardsRookie of Yr - Eurpn Snr€277,783see Score
Rocca (Italy) won the European Senior Tour 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.
2007Snr EuropeTour Championship (Eurpn Snrs)Buckinghamshire GC206 (-10)€55,618
Played as the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy - Seniors Tour Championship (Nov 8-10; Eurpn Snr Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Nick Job (Eng) finished one shot behind Rocca (Italy), who recorded his second European Senior Tour win. [Buckinghamshire GC, Denham, Bucks].
1999Men EuropeNorth West of Ireland OpenGalway Bay G&CC276 (-12)€58,330
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].
1997Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre266 (-18)£133,330
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].
1996Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipWentworth Club274 (-14)£166,660
Played as the Volvo PGA Championship. 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].
1993Men EuropeFrench OpenGolf National273 (-11)£83,330
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].
1993Men EuropeLyon OpenLyon GC267 (-21)£41,660
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].

 

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