Vancsik eases to win; Daly 6 back
TURIN, Italy -- Argentina's Daniel Vancsik breezed to a six-stroke victory in the Italian Open on Sunday as two-time major champion John Daly enjoyed his best tournament for four years by taking a share of second place.
Vancsik's runaway success came with a closing 6-under-par 65 for a 17-under 267 four-round total, with Daly sharing second place, six shots back, with Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin and Briton Robert Rock.
"It was always going to be difficult winning because every time I made a birdie Vancsik did but I had my eye on second place," said Daly, wearing a pair of yellow trousers with psychedelic patterns, told reporters.
Italian Open Leaderboard
1. Vancsik (-17)
T-2. Rock (-11)
T-2. Daly (-11)
T-2. Jacquelin (-11)
T-5. Aiken (-10)
T-6. Molinari (-9)
T-6. Bjorn (-9)
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"I played really well and I've just believed in all my coach has been saying to me. I hit a lot of fairways this week. All I need to do is to work more on my putting."
Vancsik claimed his second title, two years after his first, with consummate ease.
He went out in 4 under and picked up eight birdies altogether to give his rivals little chance of catching him.
The 32-year-old had led by a stroke overnight following Saturday's storm-interrupted round.
By the time he walked off the first green with a birdie to his credit, he had extended his lead to three strokes and never looked back from there.
Daly did his best to make a dent in Vancsik's lead as he produced six birdies after his only dropped shot, on the second.
By starting five shots behind Vancsik, though, the 1991 PGA Championship winner and 1995 British Open champion found himself with too much to do.
Instead, Daly had to settle for his best result on the PGA Tour and European circuit since finishing second in the September 2005 American Express World Golf Championship.
Vancsik, one of the biggest hitters on the European Tour, added to his 2007 Madeira Islands Open title with an adept display of putting.
His inspiration to succeed again following a worrying six-months last year after suffering a shoulder injury came from compatriot and close friend Angel Cabrera, last month's U.S. Masters winner.
His inspiration to succeed again following a worrying six-months last year after suffering a shoulder injury, came from compatriot and close friend Angel Cabrera, last month's Masters winner.
"I stayed with Cabrera on the Tuesday after he won [the Masters] and we had a lot to talk about," Vancsik told reporters.
"He's helped my career and he's the man I look up to. But it's not just me. He's won two [majors] now and it is good for all Argentine players. We all think that perhaps we can do it now as well."
Jacquelin and Rock, who both closed with 68s, produced faultless rounds but could never get on terms with Vancsik.
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