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Video: Costantino Rocca’s Emotional Farewell

The Italian legend signed off on a high note at his national event.

Costantino Rocca played his final competitive round on the European Tour on Friday at the Open D’Italia. Best known for his second place finish in the 1995 Open Championship, Rocca is arguably the most successful golfer that Italy has produced to date. That year he lost out to John Daly in a play off, followed by a hole in one on the sixth hole at Oak Hill on the way to helping Team Europe win the Ryder Cup.

The 58 year old finished 153rd, but shot a level par 72 in his final round, capping it off with a birdie.

Understandably, the occasion got to the eccentric Spaniard.

His peers spoke to europeantour.com about the farewell occasion.

“He has been a mentor for all of us. He’s a great person, a great friend.”

“He’s always been nice with the youngsters, helping us, giving us confidence. It’s a shame that he is stopping but I wish him the best,” compatriot Andrea Perrino told the website.

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts echoed Perrino’s sentiments.

“He’s such a nice guy and he’s had such an unbelievable career,” Colsaerts gushed.

“The reception he had on 18, I was on the 16th green so I heard the big roar when he came up and I’m sure it’s going to be a moment that he’ll cherish forever.”

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