John Daly wins the Open Championship at St Andrews with drama coming from Costantino Rocca, who needed a birdie at the last to tie Daly.
When he duffed his pitch into the Valley of Sin, all hope seemed lost. Yet using a putter from 65 feet, Rocca knocked his ball up the steep slope and then into the hole.
He sank to his knees and slammed the ground with his fists in sheer jubilation. “I had no putt, but it went in,” said the Italian.
Rocca was spent even before the four-hole play-off, which Daly won by five strokes after the Italian took three to get out of the Road Hole Bunker allowing Daly to receive a heart-felt ovation at the last.
“The names that are on here,” he marvelled while looking at the Claret Jug, “it’s unbelievable to be a part of it.”
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