In a dramatic finish, Sam Torrance of Scotland won the Ital
MONTICELLO, Italy (AP) _ In a dramatic finish, Sam Torrance of Scotland won the Italian Open golf tournament Sunday by defeating Spain’s Jose Rivero on the sixth hole of a sudden death playoff.
Torrance shot a 4-under-par 68 final round to complete 72 holes in 271. But Rivero’s final round of 66 left the two golfers tied after four rounds with 271, forcing a playoff at Monticello Golf Club.
After remaining tied during the first five extra holes, Torrance earned the $38,000 first prize with a par-4 on the sixth hole while Rivero completed the hole in five shots.
The Spaniard knocked his second shot into the bunker, scrambled the ball out but then two-putted from 40 yards.
Torrance had fired a course-record of 64 Thursday in the first round of the European PGA tour event with total prize money of $230,000.
Britain’s Nick Faldo had a final-round 66 to finish third with a 272, while Peter Senior of Australia wound up fourth at 275 after a 70 Sunday.
Last year’s winner, Ronan Rafferty of Ireland, posted a final-round 67 to share fifth place with countryman David Feherty, who shot a 68 on Sunday.