Who's who: Rocco Mediate

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Who's who: Rocco Mediate

  • Name:

    Rocco Anthony Mediate
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Dec 17, 1962 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Greensburg, PA
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; television commentator.
  • Turned Pro:

    1985

Roll of Honour

Senior MAJORS (1): US Snr PGA Ch'ship (2016). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour (6) and Champions Tour. Champions Tour Rookie of the Year (2013).

Did you know?

Mediate enjoyed a successful professional career on the PGA Tour, despite being frequently plagued by serious back trouble. In 2008 he came close to winning the US Open. All that stood between him and the trophy was an 18-hole playoff; his opponent - Tiger Woods. In an enthralling Monday on Torrey Pines' South course, both men ended the playoff with an even par round of 71. Tiger finally settled the matter with a par to Mediate's bogie on the first sudden-death playoff hole, the 91st of the tournament.

In 2016 Mediate recorded his first major championship win in the U.S. Senior PGA Championship, where he prevailed over defending champion Colin Montgomerie.

Top tournaments won by Rocco Mediate

2019
America
Minnehaha CC
201 (-9)
$270,000
Sanford Health

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Venue

Minnehaha CC

Score

201 (-9)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

Sanford Health

Played as the Sanford International (Sep 20-22). Second-placed Bob Estes (USA), Ken Duke (USA) and Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Rocco Mediate (USA). [Minnehaha CC, Sioux Falls, South Dakota].

2016
Majors
265 (-15)
$504,000
KitchenAid

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Score

265 (-15)

Prize money

$504,000

Title sponsor

KitchenAid

The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (May 26-29). Second-placed and defending champion Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 3 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Mediate (USA), who claimed his first senior major championship title. [The GC at Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, Mich].

2013
America
Canyon Meadows
191 (-22)
$300,000
Shaw Comms

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Venue

Canyon Meadows

Score

191 (-22)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

Shaw Comms

Played as the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic (Aug 30-Sept 1). Second-placed Tom Byrum (USA) finished 7 shots behind Rocco Mediate (USA), who recorded his second Champions Tour win. [Canyon Meadows G&CC, Calgary, Alberta].

2013
America
Broken Sound
199 (-17)
$270,000
Allianz

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Venue

Broken Sound

Score

199 (-17)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

Allianz

Played as the Allianz Championship (Feb 8-10). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) and Tom Pernice Jr (USA) finished 2 shots behind 50-year-old Rocco Mediate (USA), who became the 16th player to win on his Champions Tour debut. [Old Course, Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, FL].

2013
Awards
$1,341,098
see Score
Champions Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Venue

Score

$1,341,098

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Champions Tr

Mediate (USA) won the Champions Tour 2013 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. He finished tenth on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $1,341,098.

2010
America
269 (-15)
$900,000
Fry's Electronics

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$900,000

Title sponsor

Fry's Electronics

Played as the Frys.com Open (Oct 14-17). Second-placed Bo Van Pelt (USA) and Alex Prugh (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rocco Mediate (USA), who recorded the last of his six PGA Tour wins. [CordeValle GC, San Martin, Calif.].

2002
America
185 (-31)
$250,000
Franklin Templeton

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Score

185 (-31)

Prize money

$250,000

Title sponsor

Franklin Templeton

Played as the Franklin Templeton Shootout (Nov 22-24; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Matt Kuchar (USA) & Dave Gossett (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rocco Mediate (USA) & Lee Janzen (USA). [Gold course, Tiburon GC, Naples, FL].

2002
America
Forest Oaks CC
272 (-16)
$684,000
Chrysler

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Venue

Forest Oaks CC

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$684,000

Title sponsor

Chrysler

Played as the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic (April 25-28). Second-placed Mark Calcavecchia (USA) finished 3 shots behind Mediate (USA), who recorded his second win in this event. [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].

2000
America
Warwick Hills
268 (-20)
$486,000
Buick

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Venue

Warwick Hills

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

$486,000

Title sponsor

Buick

Played as the Buick Open (Aug 10-13). Second-placed Chris Perry (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rocco Mediate (USA). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$540,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 28-31). Second-placed Justin Leonard (USA) finished 2 shots behind Mediate (USA). [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].

1993
America
Forest Oaks CC
281 (-7)
$270,000
Kmart

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Venue

Forest Oaks CC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

Kmart

Played as the Kmart Greater Greensboro Open (April 22-25). Mediate (USA) beat Steve Elkington (Aus) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole, to record his second PGA Tour win. [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Mediate, Rocco

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$252,000

Title sponsor

Ryder

Played as the Doral Ryder Open (Feb 28-Mar 4). 28-year-old Rocco Mediate (USA) beat Curtis Strange (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record the first of his six PGA Tour wins. Mediate became the first player to win a regular PGA Tour event using a long putter. Monday finish required after storm delay on Sunday. [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].

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