Hidden by captain Bernard Gallacher until the Saturday afternoon four-balls, the first Italian ever in the Ryder Cup played Davis Love in the seventh match of the singles. With Europe needing only 2 ½ points in the final six matches to win the cup, Rocca was 1 up on the 17th hole, and had a 20-footer to win his match. Instead, he three-putted to lose the hole, nervously rushing a three-footer. Rocca then drove poorly on the 18th and bogeyed to lose, 1 up. Said one German fan, "Italy cost us two world wars. Now they have cost us the Ryder Cup."