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Watch Constantino Rocca's emotional, impressive farewell to the European Tour

September 18, 2015

On Friday, Constantino Rocca played his final round of a 33-year career on the European Tour. He did it at a fitting event -- the Italian Open -- he did it with emotion, and he did it in style.

A day after shooting 80, the 59-year-old Rocca only struggled to keep his feelings in check during a surprisingly good even-par round of 72. Here he was after hitting his tee shot on No. 18:

And here he was knocking in his par put on the final hole, much to the delight of his home crowd:

It was quite a way for Rocca to go out considering he plays sparingly on the European Senior Tour and only once in 14 rounds on that circuit this year did he manage to shoot better than even par. It was also his best score on European Tour since a 71 at the 2011 Italian Open.

Rocca won five times during his European Tour career, but more famously, he was part of two of golf's most memorable moments. At the 1997 Masters, Rocca played in the final pairing with Tiger Woods during his historic win. And in 1995, he almost had a historic win of his own when he lost to John Daly in a playoff at the British Open.

Of course, that event will forever be remembered for what Rocca did on the final hole of regulation at St. Andrews. After chunking his second shot, he holed one of the most unlikely shots ever -- a 65-foot putt from the "Valley of Sin" -- to force extra holes.

Arrivederci, Tino. (Those three years of Italian came in handy after all!)