Earlier today Rocco Mediate ended an eight year winless drought on the PGA Tour with a 1-stroke victory over Bo Van Pelt to win the Frys.com Open. Mediate’s last victory came at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic in 2002. He now has six career PGA Tour victories.
This win came in style, as Rocco holed out an amazing FOUR times for eagle over the four days. Saturday, Mediate jarred one from 111 yards on the par-5 15th. A day before that he holed out from 160 yards on No. 4, and on Thursday he had a hole-in-one on No. 3. But the one that mattered most was on the 17th hole during the closing round where he holed out from 116 yards, landing the ball a few feet from the pin and spinning it back in to the cup. A few minutes earlier Alex Prugh (one of Mediates playing partners) went for the green off the tee and nearly holed out for a double eagle, leaving himself a four footer for eagle… which he also drained. Rocco must have had a premonition because back from the fairway he actually asked Prugh to mark his ball!
This win vaulted Mediate up the money leader standings. He has been in jeopardy of keeping his card and came in to the Frys ranked 182nd. No need to worry now, with the victory shooting the 47 year-old Mediate up to 72nd.
As I’ve said before, I love the drama of the Fall Series…And people say that golf is over after the Ryder Cup!
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