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Encyclopedia > Costantino Rocca

Costantino Rocca (born in Bergamo on 4 December 1956) is the most successful male golfer that Italy has produced. He started out as a caddy, winning the Italian Caddie Championship in 1978, and turned professional in 1981 at the age of 24. Bergamo is a town in Italy, in Lombardy, about 40km northeast of Milan. ... December 4 is the 338th day (339th on leap years) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is a game where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs. ...

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Career outline

In the 1980s Rocca struggled to retain a European Tour card and made several trips to the Qualifying School. He began to make major strides in his career in 1990, which was the first season that he finished high enough on the Order of Merit to gain a tour card automatically. By 1993 he has risen to sixth in the Order of Merit, and his two best seasons were 1995 and 1996, when he finished fourth. He won five titles on the tour, the first of which was the 1993 Open de Lyon and the most prestigious of which was the 1996 Volvo PGA Championship. In 1995 he sank a 60 foot (18 metre) putt on the 18th at St Andrews to make the birdie he needed force a play-off with the American John Daly, but Daly took the title. In 1997 he played the final round of The Masters Tournament with 21-year-old Tiger Woods, nine strokes behind him. He finished 3-under-par, and watched Woods' legendary moment. Since the turn of the Millenium age has begun to catch up with Rocca and he has fallen out of the top hundred on the Order of Merit. He will be eligible to play senior golf in 2007. The BMW Championship, known as the Volvo PGA Championship for many years up to 2004, is an annual mens professional golf tournament on the PGA European Tour. ... The Old Course at St Andrews is one of the oldest golf courses in the world. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf and the first to take place each year. ... Eldrick Tiger Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American golfer who is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. ...


Rocca was the first Italian to play for Europe in the Ryder Cup, and remains the only Italian to do so. He appeared in 1993, 1995 and 1997, and had a 6-5-0 win-loss-half record, including 1 win and 2 losses in singles matches. That one singles win came in a crucial match against Tiger Woods in the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama, which Rocca won 4 & 2 to help Europe claim the cup. The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event officially called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... Eldrick Tiger Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American golfer who is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. ... The Valderrama Golf Club is one of the best known golf clubs in Europe. ...


European Tour wins

The Open de France is a PGA European Tour golf tournament. ... The BMW Championship, known as the Volvo PGA Championship for many years up to 2004, is an annual mens professional golf tournament on the PGA European Tour. ... The Omega European Masters is the Swiss stop on mens golfs European Tour, currently played in early September each year. ...

Other professional wins

  • 1984 National Omnium
  • 1985 Enichem Open, National Omnium
  • 1986 Pinetina Open, National Omnium
  • 1987 Index Open, National Omnium
  • 1988 Rolex Pro-Am (Switzerland), National Omnium
  • 1989 National Omnium

All in Italy except where noted.


Team appearances

  • Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1993, 1995 (winners), 1997 (winners)
  • Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Italy): 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1999
  • World Cup (representing Italy): 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999
  • Hennessy Cognac Cup: 1984
  • Europcar Cup: 1988

The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event officially called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... The Alfred Dunhill Cup was a team golf tournament which ran from 1985 to 2000. ... The WGC-World Cup is an annual mens golf tournament. ...

External links

  • Profile on the European Tour's official site

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Rocca was the first Italian to play for Europe in the Ryder Cup, and remains the only Italian to do so.
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