Cocerces Crowned Champion of Dubai

Published March 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Despite double bogeying the final hole, Argentine Jose Cocerces still captured the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament. 

 

He made with a two-stroke victory over Ireland's Paul McGinley and Sweden's Patrik Sjoland. Sunday's win ended a six-year drought on the European Tour for Cocerces.  

 

Cocerces led the tournament from start to finish, sharing the first round lead with England's Lee Westwood. From that point forward, Cocerces outplayed a star-studded field that included Mark O'Meara, Justin Leonard, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal and last week's World Match Play champion Darren Clarke.  

 

"Right from the first hole, I knew it wouldn't be good to finish second," he said. "And this win is for all the people who are supporting me." As Coerces strolled off the 18th green, he pulled out a white cloth bearing the names of his family, to whom he dedicated his success.  

 

"I am delighted to win this title, especially for my family and friends," said Cocerces, who for years has been sending part of his winnings back home not only to his new family but also to his 10 siblings. First prize earned Cocerces $226,576, representing the most lucrative check of his career. He also became the first Argentine to win a European Tour title since Eduardo Romero captured the 1994 European Masters. 

 

Photo is courtesy of Dubai Desert Classic 

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