Golf: Turner triumphs in pitch battle to trump Coceres

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GREG TURNER, from New Zealand, yesterday won the Italian Open from the Argentinian, Jose Coceres, at Modena after a dramatic finish on the final hole. Turner recorded 64 for a 267, 21 under par, to finish one shot ahead of Coceres, the overnight leader.

Both players were level at 21 under as they played the 501- yard 18th, a hole where both drive and second shot have to be hit over water to reach the green in two. Turner, playing just ahead of Coceres, appeared to have lost his chance when his second shot buried itself into the bank by the side of the green and he had to take a penalty drop. He then pitched to three feet and holed the putt for a par five.

This left Coceres needing a birdie to win and the Argentinian hit a fine drive to leave himself 229 yards from the pin. However, he sliced his shot into the water. Like Turner he pitched superbly to three feet but, with a play-off looking certain, he mishit his putt, finishing with a bogey six and a 68.

LANCIA MARTINI ITALIAN OPEN (Modena Golf and Country Club) Leading final scores (GB or Irl unless stated): 267 G Turner (NZ) 65 70 68 64. 268 J Coceres (Arg) 64 70 66 68. 272 B Lane 67 69 66 70; W Westner (SA) 66 72 69 65; D Gilford 65 66 73 68. 273 S Richardson 65 69 70 69. 274 R Rafferty 67 71 71 65. 275 B Marchbank 69 67 70 69. 276 J-M Olazabal (Sp) 68 70 69 69; W Riley (Aus) 72 70 66 68. 277 J Hobday (SA) 68 71 73 65; J Cook (US) 72 69 69 67; D Cooper 71 70 69 67; J Payne 67 69 73 68; D Mijovic (Can) 66 72 70 69; De Wet Basson (SA) 70 68 67 72. 278 M Clayton (Aus) 68 71 72 67; M Lanner (Swe) 68 72 72 66; E Romero (Arg) 72 64 72 70; M Harwood (Aus) 71 69 66 72. 279 F Lindgren (Swe) 71 69 74 65; E Giraud (Fr) 68 71 68 72. 280 R Boxall 69 70 72 69; P O'Malley (Aus) 69 73 70 68; S Bennett 64 76 72 68; S McAllister 68 74 71 67; W Grady (Aus) 67 71 71 71; J Robinson 69 72 69 70; M- A Martin (Sp) 67 72 68 73. 281 P Fulke (Swe) 66 71 73 71; S Ballesteros (Sp) 70 64 72 75.

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