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Comeback in the making? John Daly finishes 2nd at Italian Open

It was his best finish in any golf tournament since 2005. From AP-

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.

“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.

At the beginning of today’s round, Vancsik had a one-shot lead. Eight closing round birdies by the Argentinian put the tournament out of reach for the rest of the field.

The last time John Daly finished this high on a golf leaderboard, was the 2005 American Express World Golf Championship. That was when Daly lost a sudden death playoff to Tiger Woods. I will need to see more from Daly before I say this is the sign of a comeback. Daly is a very talented golfer, but his personal baggage seems unable not to affect his play on a regular basis.

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