Rocco Mediate

Rocco Mediate
Rocco Mediate 2017.jpg
Mediate in 2017
Personal information
Full nameRocco Anthony Mediate
Born (1962-12-17) December 17, 1962 (age 57)
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceNaples, Florida
SpouseJessica Mediate
Children4
Career
CollegeFlorida Southern College
Turned professional1985
Current tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins13
Highest ranking12 (April 28, 2002)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour6
PGA Tour Champions4
Other3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT15: 2001
PGA Championship6th: 2002
U.S. Open2nd: 2008
The Open ChampionshipT18: 1996

Rocco Anthony Mediate (born December 17, 1962) is an American professional golfer who has won six times on the PGA Tour and three times on the Champions Tour. In the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines South Course, he finished runner-up after losing the first sudden death hole after an 18-hole playoff to Tiger Woods. In 2016, Mediate won the Senior PGA Championship, one of the five senior majors.

Early years

Mediate was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. According to the Golf Channel, he is the son of a barber and has Italian ancestral heritage. Mediate attended Hempfield Area High School. When he attended Florida Southern College, he was a member of the golf team. His close friend Lee Janzen, another PGA Tour pro, also played there. They helped lead Florida Southern to the 1985 Division II national team championship.

Professional career

Rocco Mediate 2016

Mediate turned professional in 1985. His golfing career has been marred by back trouble. Early on, he compensated by using a long putter.[2] In 1991 he became the first player to win on the PGA Tour using a long putter when he won the Doral-Ryder Open. He picked up another victory at the 1993 KMart Greater Greensboro Open, but he then had a long layoff due to a ruptured disk. He underwent major back surgery in 1999, but lost practically five years of his career. Back pain returned in 2004 and later nearly ended his career.[3]

Mediate returned to the Tour in 1996 playing under a special medical extension and performed steadily. He picked up wins on the Tour in 1999, 2000 and 2002. After improving his fitness to minimize his back problems, he returned to using a conventional putter in 2003.

Mediate has been featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking and considered to be one of the best putters in golf. At the 2006 Masters, Mediate was in contention to win the event on the final day until he took a septuple-bogey ten on the par three 12th hole. His best finish in a major championship was a second place showing at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines South Course. Tied with Tiger Woods at -1 after regular tournament play, then tied again at even par through the 18 hole playoff, Woods finally bested Mediate on the first hole (hole #7) of sudden death, the 91st hole of the tournament. It was only the third time a U.S. Open playoff had gone to sudden death. Mediate's performance gained him 111 spots in the world golf rankings, moving him from 158th to 47th place.

Mediate earned his first win since 2002 at the 2010 Frys.com Open by beating Bo Van Pelt and Alex Prugh by one shot. During the tournament, Mediate holed out all four days.[4] He started on Thursday, with a hole-in-one on the 189 yard par-3 3rd hole. On Friday, he holed out from 160 yards on the par-4 4th hole for an eagle, followed on Saturday with a hole-out from 111 yards on the par-5 15th hole, also for eagle. On Sunday, he was tied for the lead on the 17th hole when he holed from 116 yards for eagle to take a two shot lead. He parred the 18th to win the tournament. He also became the oldest wire-to-wire winner on the PGA Tour since at least 1970.[5]

Mediate has PGA Tour career earnings of over $16 million.[6]

Mediate joined the Champions Tour for 2013 after turning 50 and his exemption for his 2010 PGA Tour win ended. He won in his debut at the Allianz Championship, the 16th Champions Tour player to do so. After shooting a 61 in the second round, he claimed victory by two strokes over Bernhard Langer and Tom Pernice, Jr. with a birdie at the last hole.[7] He won his second Champions Tour tournament that September, at the Shaw Charity Classic. Mediate finished seven strokes ahead of runner-up, Tom Byrum.

In May 2016, Mediate won his first senior major championship at the Senior PGA Championship, with a three stroke victory over the defending champion Colin Montgomerie.[8] His winning total of 265 (−19) broke the previous record by three and was the first wire-to-wire victory at the event since Jack Nicklaus in 1991. His victory was sealed when he holed out from a greenside bunker on the 71st hole of regulation play for birdie.[9]

On September 22, 2019, Mediate won the Sanford International on the PGA Tour Champions in South Dakota.

Other activities

On October 9, 2006, it was announced that Mediate would become an on-course reporter for The Golf Channel's 2007 PGA Tour coverage.

Mediate played in the 2005 World Series of Poker's Main Event, as well as the 2001 Blem Classic of Las Vegas.[citation needed]

Personal life

Mediate is a distant cousin of Puerto Rico Islanders soccer player Domenic Mediate.[10]

Professional wins (13)

PGA Tour wins (6)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Mar 4, 1991Doral-Ryder Open−12 (66-70-68-72=276)PlayoffUnited States Curtis Strange
2Apr 25, 1993KMart Greater Greensboro Open−7 (74-67-71-69=281)PlayoffAustralia Steve Elkington
3Jan 31, 1999Phoenix Open−11 (69-67-66-71=273)2 strokesUnited States Justin Leonard
4Aug 13, 2000Buick Open−20 (68-64-70-66=268)1 strokeUnited States Chris Perry
5Apr 28, 2002Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic (2)−16 (68-67-66-71=272)3 strokesUnited States Mark Calcavecchia
6Oct 17, 2010Frys.com Open−15 (64-65-67-73=269)1 strokeUnited States Alex Prugh, United States Bo Van Pelt

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11991Doral-Ryder OpenUnited States Curtis StrangeWon with birdie on first extra hole
21993KMart Greater Greensboro OpenAustralia Steve ElkingtonWon with birdie on fourth extra hole
32008U.S. OpenUnited States Tiger WoodsLost to par on first extra hole after
18-hole playoff (Woods:71, Mediate:71)

Other wins (3)

PGA Tour Champions wins (4)

Legend
Senior major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Feb 10, 2013Allianz Championship−17 (67-61-71=199)2 strokesGermany Bernhard Langer, United States Tom Pernice, Jr.
2Sep 1, 2013Shaw Charity Classic−22 (63-64-64-191)7 strokesUnited States Tom Byrum
3May 29, 2016Senior PGA Championship−19 (62-66-71-66=265)3 strokesScotland Colin Montgomerie
4Sep 22, 2019Sanford International−9 (69-68-64-201)2 strokesUnited States Bob Estes, Scotland Colin Montgomerie, United States Ken Duke

Results in major championships

Tournament198419851986198719881989
Masters Tournament
U.S. OpenCUT
The Open Championship
PGA ChampionshipT31
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentT22T37T27
U.S. OpenCUTT44T25WDT34
The Open ChampionshipCUTT45T39T18CUT
PGA ChampionshipT69T16T40T68T36T49
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters TournamentT52T15T36T33CUTT36T49
U.S. OpenT324T37CUTT6CUT2T47
The Open ChampionshipT52WDT47T19
PGA ChampionshipWDT666T18WD72
Tournament2010201120122013201420152016
Masters Tournament
U.S. OpenCUT
The Open Championship
PGA ChampionshipWDCUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament000002109
U.S. Open010234159
The Open Championship00000296
PGA Championship0000131511
Totals01024114935
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1991 PGA – 1993 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times)

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament1987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999
The Players ChampionshipT50CUTT11T11T15CUTT6T55T4CUTT57CUT
Tournament200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
The Players ChampionshipCUTT653T45T58T44T54T60T54
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipR64R64R32R32R64
CA ChampionshipNT1T24
Bridgestone InvitationalWDT15T16T52

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament

Senior major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2016Senior PGA Championship2 shot lead−19 (62-66-71-66=265)3 strokesScotland Colin Montgomerie

Senior results timeline

Results are not in chronological order before 2017.

Tournament2013201420152016201720182019
The Tradition35T6T38T42T8T12
Senior PGA ChampionshipT20WDT261CUTT64T12
U.S. Senior OpenT3T26T20CUTCUTT14T47
Senior Players ChampionshipT22T22T2678T60T20T63
Senior British Open ChampionshipT18T40
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

U.S. national team appearances

Equipment

  • Driver: Vertical Groove Driver
  • 3-wood: Callaway
  • 4+ hybrid: Callaway Apex 2
  • 5-wood: Doesn't carry a 5-wood
  • 4-9 irons: Srixon 565s
  • Pitching wedge: Srixon 565s
  • 52 degree wedge: Vokey
  • 56 degree wedge: Vokey
  • Putter -----
  • Ball - Bridgestone Tour B XS

See also

References

  1. ^ "Week 17 2002 Ending 28 Apr 2002" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "Transcript of Rocco Mediate news conference - Buick Open". August 11, 2000. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Bio of Mediate, Gaylord Sports Archived December 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Rocco Mediate wins Frys.com Open". ESPN. Associated Press. October 17, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "Frys.com - Round 4 notebook". PGA Tour. October 17, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Rocco Mediate – Performance Stats". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "Rocco Mediate 16th winner in debut". ESPN. Associated Press. February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  8. ^ Inglis, Martin (May 30, 2016). "Colin Montgomerie: 'I did nothing wrong'". bunkered.
  9. ^ "Mediate closes strong, wins Senior PGA Championship". Champions Tour. May 29, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  10. ^ "Baylor Bears Player Bio – Carmine Mediate". Retrieved October 28, 2013.

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