Sunday, October 17

Four Hole Outs Spur Win for Rocco Mediate

WHEN YOU’RE 47 AND haven’t won in eight years on the PGA Tour, you must wonder if you’ll ever have another chance. In fact, for Rocco Mediate, who won the Open on Sunday for his sixth tour title, the challenge has been even more basic. Rocco has been trying to piece together enough good golf to regain his tour playing privileges.

Until Rocco got his improbable win in California, he had only collected about $140,000 in 24 events this season. His prospects were not looking good. But one week like the one in San Martin can turn everything around.

Rocco had a hole out on each day of the tournament. On Thursday, he made a hole-in-one on the par-3 3rd hole. On Friday, he holed out from 160 yards on the par-4 4th hole. On Saturday, he holed out from 111 yards on the par-5 15th hole. And on Sunday, after struggling early in the round and then dropping a birdie putt on 16, he holed out from 116 yards on the 17th.

“I had a perfect number,” Rocco said. “And when I hit it, I went: ‘Oh, that’s got to be good, that would be nice.’ And when it went in, I thought: ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”

Four hole outs for four eagles. And he won by a stroke.

I didn’t see any of it, but I’m happy for Rocco. It’s been a bumpy road for him since nearly beating Tiger Woods at the 2008 U.S. Open.

“I have a job again,” he said.

−The Armchair Golfer


GolfGirlJunior said...

How often do golfers get kicked off a tour for not playing well? is that common?

The Armchair Golfer said...

A player can lose his card if he fails to stay in the top 125 on the official money list. That's been the situation for Rocco -- until he won on Sunday. Now he's all set. He has a two-year exemption.

Dutch said...

Good on Rocco.

This guy has always been fantastic.

Congrats Rocco.

noisemaker said...

It's good to see a veteran in the winner's circle again. Even if it did take FOUR hole outs and FOUR eagles to get there. The golf gods are smiling on Rocco.

Bergen Putting Green said...

Good for Rocco. Like to see that guy playing well.