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Rocco Mediate
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Personal information
Full name Rocco Anthony Mediate
Born December 17, 1962 (1962-12-17) (age 47)
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College Florida Southern College
Turned professional 1985
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters T15: 2001
U.S. Open 2nd: 2008
Open Championship T18: 1996
PGA Championship 6th: 2002

Rocco Anthony Mediate (born December 17, 1962) is a American professional golfer with multiple PGA Tour wins.

Mediate was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. According to the Golf Channel, he is the son of a barber and has an Italian background. He attended Florida Southern College and turned professional in 1985.

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Career

Mediate's golfing career has been dogged 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 Rankings 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, and automatic berths in the next four majors.

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.

Personal life

Mediate is a distant cousin of Puerto Rico Islanders soccer player Domenic Mediate.[3][4] He is a member of the Calusa Pines Golf Club and resides in the Tuscany Reserve subdivision in Naples, Florida.[5] His close friend Lee Janzen, another PGA Tour pro, also attended Florida Southern and played on the golf team as well.

Professional wins (9)

PGA Tour wins (5)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner-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

Other wins (4)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters 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
The Masters 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
The Masters 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

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

Results in World Golf Championship events

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

  • Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Driver
  • Callaway FT-i Squareway Wood (15º)
  • Callaway X Hybrid (18º)
  • Callaway X-22 Irons
  • Callaway 52º and 56º X Forged Wedges
  • Odyssey Sabertooth White Hot XG Putter
  • Callaway Tour ix Ball
  • Callaway Tour Staff Bag
  • Footjoy Dry Joy Shoes

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