Emanuele Canonica (born at Moncalieri in the province of Turin on 7 January1971) is an Italian professional golfer who plays on the European Tour. Moncalieri is a town of approximately 56,000 inhabitants (2001) about nine kilometers south of Turin, Italy. ... Turin (Italian Torino) is a major industrial city in north-western Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the west bank of the Po River. ... January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Golf is a game where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour. ...
Canonica won the Italian National Juniors Championship in 1990 and was part of the gold medal winning team Italian team at the European Youths' Championship that year. He turned professional in 1991 and qualified for the European Tour at the 1994 Qualifying School. For the first few seasons he struggled to keep his tour card, but he never actually lost it, and from 1999 his performances improved. His best Order of Merit finish through 2004 was 27th in 2000. In 2005 he won for the first time on the European Tour at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. The Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles is a PGA European Tour golf tournament which is played at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, which has been one of the best known golf resorts in Scotland since the 1920s. ...
Canonica has topped the European Tour driving distance statistics several times.
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Canonica, ranked 353rd in the world, closed with a one-under-par 71 to total seven-under-par 281, two shots ahead of overnight leader Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and Britons Barry Lane, Bradley Dredge and David Lynn.
Canonica took advantage on Sunday of lapses by playing-partner Colsaerts who slipped to a 75.
Although Canonica has topped the tour's driving-distance charts four times, it was his accuracy over the front nine, hitting all seven fairways as he went out two-under compared to Colsaerts two-over, that set up his victory.
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