|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Rocco Anthony Mediate|
December 17, 1962 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)|
|College||Florida Southern College|
|Number of wins by tour|
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.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Other activities
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Professional wins (12)
- 6 Results in major championships
- 7 Results in World Golf Championship events
- 8 Equipment
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
Mediate turned professional in 1985. His golfing career has been marred by back trouble. Early on, he compensated by using a long putter. 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.
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. 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.
Mediate has PGA Tour career earnings of over $16 million.
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. He won his second Champions Tour tournament that September, at the Shaw Charity Classic. Mediate finished seven strokes ahead of runner-up, Tom Byrum.
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 is a distant cousin of Puerto Rico Islanders soccer player Domenic Mediate. He is a member of the Calusa Pines Golf Club and resides in the Tuscany Reserve subdivision in Naples, Florida.
Professional wins (12)
PGA Tour wins (6)
|1||Mar 4, 1991||Doral-Ryder Open||−12 (66-70-68-72=276)||Playoff||Curtis Strange|
|2||Apr 25, 1993||KMart Greater Greensboro Open||−7 (74-67-71-69=281)||Playoff||Steve Elkington|
|3||Jan 31, 1999||Phoenix Open||−11 (69-67-66-71=273)||2 strokes||Justin Leonard|
|4||Aug 13, 2000||Buick Open||−20 (68-64-70-66=268)||1 stroke||Chris Perry|
|5||Apr 28, 2002||Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic||−16 (68-67-66-71=272)||3 strokes||Mark Calcavecchia|
|6||Oct 17, 2010||Frys.com Open||−15 (64-65-67-73=269)||1 stroke||Alex Prugh, Bo Van Pelt|
|1||1991||Doral-Ryder Open||Curtis Strange||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1993||KMart Greater Greensboro Open||Steve Elkington||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
|3||2008||U.S. Open||Tiger Woods||
Lost to par on first extra hole
after 18-hole playoff (Woods:71, Mediate:71)
Other wins (4)
- 1999 Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational
- 2000 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Notah Begay III and Phil Mickelson)
- 2002 Franklin Templeton Shootout (with Lee Janzen)
- 2003 CVS Charity Classic (with Jeff Sluman)
Champions Tour wins (2)
|1||Feb 10, 2013||Allianz Championship||−17 (67-61-71=199)||2 strokes||Bernhard Langer, Tom Pernice, Jr.|
|2||Sep 1, 2013||Shaw Charity Classic||−22 (63-64-64-191)||7 strokes||Tom Byrum|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||CUT||T45||T39||DNP||DNP||T18||DNP||DNP||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T52||WD||T47||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T19||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||2||9||6|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1991 PGA – 1993 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times)
Results in World Golf Championship events
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64||R64||DNP||R32||R32||R64||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
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.
- 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
- "Transcript of Rocco Mediate news conference - Buick Open". August 11, 2000. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Bio of Mediate, Gaylord Sports
- "Rocco Mediate wins Frys.com Open". ESPN. Associated Press. October 17, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- 2010 "Frys.com - Round 4 notebook". PGA Tour. October 17, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- "Rocco Mediate – Performance Stats". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- "Rocco Mediate 16th winner in debut". ESPN. Associated Press. February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
- "Baylor Bears Player Bio – Carmine Mediate". Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Collier County, Florida Property Appraisal for parcel number 78534002946