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1956 Costantino Rocca is born in Bergamo, Italy, and started his golfing life as a caddie, winning the 1978 Italian Caddie Championship. At the time of writing (2013) he is the most successful male Italian golfer ever, with five European Tour wins - including the 1996 Volvo PGA Championship - and two Seniors Tour titles, although he is best remembered for his runner-up finish to John Daly in the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews.
In the 1995 Open, Rocca came to the 18th needing a birdie to tie Daly, who had already finished. He nearly drove the green, only to fluff his chip into the Valley of Sin. However he holed the putt from all of 60 feet, falling to his knees and beating the ground in delight (see video below, which begins with Rocca on the 17th). Sadly he went on to lose the four hole playoff by 19 shots to Daly's 15.
Rocca was the first Italian to play in the Ryder Cup, appearing three times for Europe, and amassing a 6-5-0 record, his six wins including a singles victory by 4&2 over Tiger Woods in 1997, which helped Europe claim the Cup.

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