Costantino Rocca

Costantino Rocca

Golf player
Date of Birth: 04.12.1956
Country: Italy

Content:
  1. Biography of Costantino Rocca
  2. Early Career
  3. Notable Victories
  4. Ryder Cup and The Masters
  5. Later Career and Life
  6. Post-Golf Career

Biography of Costantino Rocca

Costantino Rocca was born in 1956 in Almenno San Bartolomeo, Province of Bergamo, Italy. From a young age, he showed an interest in golf, but he didn't start his own career until he was 18 years old, initially playing as a caddie. In 1978, he won the Italian Caddie Championship, which marked the beginning of his professional career.

Costantino Rocca

Early Career

During the 1980s, Rocca primarily participated in qualification tournaments, where victory guaranteed him a spot in more professional championships. It wasn't until 1990 that he had a truly successful season, although his rankings were only enough to secure a place in a golf tour. Over the next three years, his game improved significantly, and in 1993, he finished the season in 6th position. He further improved his results in the 1995 and 1996 seasons, reaching 4th place in the rankings.

Costantino Rocca

Notable Victories

Rocca achieved victory in various golf tours, including the French Open de Lyon in 1993 and the Volvo PGA Championship in 1996. In 1995, he became known for a shot where the ball flew 60 feet through the air and landed directly in the hole. However, despite this remarkable shot, Rocca and his opponent, John Daly, advanced together to the final hole of the famous Old Course at St Andrews.

Costantino Rocca

Ryder Cup and The Masters

Rocca demonstrated his precision during the Ryder Cup in 1995, delivering the ball to the hole on the Oak Hill course in just three strokes, despite the distance exceeding 160 feet. In 1997, he faced 21-year-old Tiger Woods in the final of The Masters Tournament. Throughout the course, Rocca maintained a significant lead over the young American, but Woods made a comeback and eventually emerged as the winner with a nine-stroke difference. This victory marked a turning point in Rocca's career, as he struggled to regain his previous success.

Costantino Rocca

Later Career and Life

Following his defeat at The Masters, Rocca's ranking dropped, and despite victories in the Irish Seniors Open and other championships, he was unable to reclaim his previous positions. Nevertheless, Rocca became the first Italian to participate in the Ryder Cup, and his win-loss ratio remains one of the best in Europe. Costantino Rocca is married and has two children, Francesco and Chiara.

Costantino Rocca

Post-Golf Career

In 2008, Rocca opened his own golf academy, golf course, and golf club in Switzerland. He frequently participates in charitable tournaments, with the Gary Player Invitational being the most well-known among them.

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