Rocco Mediate

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Rocco Mediate
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Rocco Anthony Mediate
Born (1962-12-17) December 17, 1962 (age 51)
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Naples, Florida
Career
College Florida Southern College
Turned professional 1985
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 6
Champions Tour 2
Other 4
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T15: 2001
U.S. Open 2nd: 2008
The Open Championship T18: 1996
PGA Championship 6th: 2002

Rocco Anthony Mediate (born December 17, 1962) is an American professional golfer who has won six times on the PGA Tour and twice on the Champions Tour. Mediate's most notable moment of his career came in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines South Course where he finished runner-up after losing in an 18-hole playoff to Tiger Woods.

Early years[edit]

Mediate was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. According to the Golf Channel, he is the son of a barber and has Italian ancestral heritage. Mediate attended Florida Southern College and 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[edit]

Mediate turned professional in 1985. His golfing career has been marred by back trouble. Early on, he compensated by using a long putter.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Mediate has PGA Tour career earnings of over $16 million.[5]

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.[6] He won his second Champions Tour tournament that September, at the Shaw Charity Classic. Mediate finished seven strokes ahead of runner-up, Tom Byrum.

Other activities[edit]

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[edit]

Mediate is a distant cousin of Puerto Rico Islanders soccer player Domenic Mediate.[7] He is a member of the Calusa Pines Golf Club and resides in the Tuscany Reserve subdivision in Naples, Florida.[8]

Professional wins (12)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (6)[edit]

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

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1991 Doral-Ryder Open United States Curtis Strange Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1993 KMart Greater Greensboro Open Australia Steve Elkington Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
3 2008 U.S. Open United States Tiger Woods Lost to par on first extra hole
after 18-hole playoff (Woods:71, Mediate:71)

Other wins (4)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 10, 2013 Allianz Championship −17 (67-61-71=199) 2 strokes Germany Bernhard Langer, United States Tom Pernice, Jr.
2 Sep 1, 2013 Shaw Charity Classic −22 (63-64-64-191) 7 strokes United States Tom Byrum

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T31 DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP T22 T37 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T27
U.S. Open DNP CUT T44 T25 WD DNP DNP DNP DNP T34
The Open Championship DNP CUT T45 T39 DNP DNP T18 DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship T69 T16 T40 T68 DNP DNP T36 DNP DNP T49
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T52 T15 T36 T33 CUT DNP T36 DNP DNP T49
U.S. Open T32 4 T37 CUT DNP T6 CUT DNP 2 T47
The Open Championship T52 WD T47 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T19 DNP
PGA Championship WD T66 6 T18 DNP DNP DNP WD 72 DNP
Tournament 2010 2011
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP WD

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 9
U.S. Open 0 1 0 2 3 4 15 9
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 6
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 14 11
Totals 0 1 0 2 4 11 48 35
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1991 PGA – 1993 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times)

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R64 DNP R32 R32 R64 DNP DNP DNP DNP
CA Championship DNP DNP NT1 T24 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Bridgestone Invitational DNP WD DNP T15 T16 DNP DNP DNP DNP T52

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Equipment[edit]

  • Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Driver
  • Callaway FT-i Squareway Wood (15°)
  • Callaway X Hybrid (18°)
  • Callaway X-22 Irons
  • Callaway 52° and 56° X Forged Wedges
  • Scotty Cameron 009 custom
  • Callaway Tour ix Ball
  • Callaway Tour Staff Bag
  • Footjoy Dry Joy Shoes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Transcript of Rocco Mediate news conference - Buick Open". August 11, 2000. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bio of Mediate, Gaylord Sports[dead link]
  3. ^ "Rocco Mediate wins Frys.com Open". ESPN. Associated Press. October 17, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ 2010 "Frys.com - Round 4 notebook". PGA Tour. October 17, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rocco Mediate – Performance Stats". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rocco Mediate 16th winner in debut". ESPN. Associated Press. February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Baylor Bears Player Bio – Carmine Mediate". Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Collier County, Florida Property Appraisal for parcel number 78534002946

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