1995 British Open, Constantino Rocca On The 18th

Who remembers this classic moment from the 1995 British Open, probably one of the most memorable moments at St Andrews.

On the 18th hole Constantino Rocca played probably one of the worst shots of his career, duffing his chip onto the green, leaving himself with a monstrous putt, that seemed close to impossible.

Needing to sink the putt to force a playoff, his last chance seemed to have gone. When the camera panned to John Daly, watching with his wife from behind the 18th green, it looked as if he was already rehearsing his acceptance speech.

 

 

Astonishingly, Rocca conjured up one of the greatest putts of his career. The ball was in the hole from the moment it left the 42-year-old Italian’s putter. When it dropped in, he fell to the floor in delight and then rose with a smile on his face and the trace of tears in his eyes.

The precision putt sent the championship into a four hole playoff. Daly ended up triumphant in the playoff, with Rocco taking three shots to escape a fearsome bunker on the 17th.

We hope to see more special moments like this at the weekend.