Triumph for Torrance

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Sam Torrance maintained his reputation of always playing well in a Ryder Cup year by winning the Italian Open with a last round of 67 in Milan yesterday.

The 41-year-old Scot finished with a 19-under-par aggregate of 269, two shots ahead of Spain's Jose Rivero. He was never really threatened, even though Rivero, playing just ahead of him, birdied three of the last four holes.

It was Torrance's 19th victory on the European Tour, and the victory sent him from 10th to fifth in the Ryder Cup points table. His ambition is to make the Ryder Cup team for an eighth successive time at Oak Hill, New York, in September.

Torrance had six birdies - three in each half - with only one bogey, at the 11th. But the main feature of his round was the way he sank difficult putts at the 12th and 14th holes to save par when Rivero was beginning to charge.

Torrance pulled a muscle at the top of his left leg on Thursday morning, and did not decide to compete until just before he was due to tee off in the first round. "I decided to play and you could say it was the best decision of my life," he said.

After his course-record 63 on Saturday, Torrance began the final round just one shot ahead of the Irishman, Ronan Rafferty, and Costantino Rocca of Italy, with Rivero two shots further back. But while Rivero had a last- round 66, six under par, neither Rafferty nor Rocca could make a similar challenge.

They both shot 73 to fall back to joint third with England's Paul Broadhurst, the Welshman Mark Litton and Emanuele Canonica, of Italy, on 276.

ITALIAN OPEN (Milan): Leading final scores (GB or Irl unless stated): 269 S Torrance 69 70 63 67. 271 J Rivero (Sp) 66 70 69 66. 276 E Canonica (It) 68 69 73 66; M Litton 68 68 72 68; P Broadhurst 69 67 71 69; R Rafferty 67 68 68 73; C Rocca (It) 68 68 67 73. 277 P Baker 71 68 71 67; N Briggs 65 73 70 69; S Grappasonni (It) 71 68 69 69; T Johnstone (Zim) 70 69 69 69. 278 P Hedblom (Swe) 73 66 69 70; R Drummond 72 70 66 70, O Rojahn (Nor) 72 67 68 71. 279 G Turner (NZ) 72 69 72 66; A Forsbrand (Swe) 71 67 71 70; G Orr 69 71 70 69; A Sherborne 71 68 68 72. 280 M James 70 73 68 69; S Dodd 68 70 72 70; V Fernandez (Arg) 69 72 67 72.

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