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February 21, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
It turns out that, in all the dramatics of last year's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, we knew only part of the story. Tiger Woods hobbled around for 91 holes, winning on a wounded knee and in a fashion that will be recounted with awe and admiration for years. Rightfully so. But until this week at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, it was not commonly known that the other guy walking those 91 holes and losing by one shot was a slightly wounded warrior himself. Rocco Mediate had a bum right knee.
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March 11, 2014 | By David Wharton
Big-time golf could be returning to Southern California. The U.S. Golf Assn. has extended an invitation to Torrey Pines to host the 2021 U.S. Open, according to several media reports. “It's a great win for San Diego,” the city's new mayor, Kevin Faulconer, told U-T San Diego. “The fact that we've been selected again speaks volumes as to how this city came together and put on a world-class tournament in '08. The San Diego City Council will soon vote on the matter. Torrey Pines qualifies as one of the sport's landmarks and was the scene of that historic 2008 Open showdown between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate.
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January 23, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
  LA JOLLA - The guy in the signature black sweater vest here Thursday, walking the fairways of the Farmers Insurance Open, looked familiar. Oh, there was a little hitch in his get-along, perhaps a little more roundness near the belt. But the irons still fired at the pin and the velvety putting touch, on greens that demand nothing else, were the same. This was Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines South. How can we ever forget? Why would we even try? It was the 2008 U.S. Open.
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January 23, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
  LA JOLLA - The guy in the signature black sweater vest here Thursday, walking the fairways of the Farmers Insurance Open, looked familiar. Oh, there was a little hitch in his get-along, perhaps a little more roundness near the belt. But the irons still fired at the pin and the velvety putting touch, on greens that demand nothing else, were the same. This was Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines South. How can we ever forget? Why would we even try? It was the 2008 U.S. Open.
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February 24, 1990 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's time we get this straight. Rocco Mediate's name is pronounced wrong much too often. "There are a thousand different versions," Mediate said. The first name is simple--Rocco, as in Rocky. And yes, he is from Pennsylvania. Not Philadelphia, but Greensburg. In fact, he even looks a little like Dodger catcher Mike Scioscia, who is also from Pennsylvania--Upper Darby. And the last name is Mediate, as in mee-dee-ate. Long A. Not meditate, as it is often pronounced.
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June 11, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The three players who lost playoff majors to Tiger Woods share the bond of taking the world's best golfer to the very brink. They remain cherished memories for the three…and belt notches for Tiger. Bob May, Chris DiMarco and Rocco Mediate can go to their resting bunkers knowing they made Woods work overtime on the course of his insatiable quest toward Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors. Woods enters this week's U.S. Open at Merion still stuck on No. 14 at the fifth anniversary of his epic Torrey Pines win over Mediate.
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March 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Imagine how Rocco Mediate felt the first time he met Arnold Palmer. He was 19 when friends secretly arranged a golf game at Latrobe, Pa., and the kid was so overcome by seeing the King that he nearly turned and ran. Imagine how he would feel 25 years later to see Palmer waiting for him Sunday afternoon on the 18th hole at Bay Hill. "It would be pretty interesting to see if I could even talk," said Mediate, a guy who rarely shuts up.
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March 1, 1991 | From Associated Press
Rocco Mediate continued his sharp play for a six-under-par 66 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the Doral Open at Miami. Mediate, who has yet to win in a six-season PGA Tour career but did not finish lower than 13th in five West Coast starts, shared the top spot with Keith Clearwater, Jim Hallett and Chip Beck. Seven players were at 67, including Mark O'Meara and Wayne Levi. More than half the 144-man field broke par 72.
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March 11, 2014 | By David Wharton
Big-time golf could be returning to Southern California. The U.S. Golf Assn. has extended an invitation to Torrey Pines to host the 2021 U.S. Open, according to several media reports. “It's a great win for San Diego,” the city's new mayor, Kevin Faulconer, told U-T San Diego. “The fact that we've been selected again speaks volumes as to how this city came together and put on a world-class tournament in '08. The San Diego City Council will soon vote on the matter. Torrey Pines qualifies as one of the sport's landmarks and was the scene of that historic 2008 Open showdown between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate.
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February 1, 1999 | From Associated Press
There should be no more questions about Rocco Mediate's back. Mediate, who considered retirement during two years trying to recover from back surgery, turned out to be the healthiest player in the Phoenix Open at Scottsdale, Ariz. Mediate conquered his nerves and two of golf's most dangerous closers Sunday, shooting an unspectacular par 71 to beat Justin Leonard by two strokes and Tiger Woods by three.
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June 11, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The three players who lost playoff majors to Tiger Woods share the bond of taking the world's best golfer to the very brink. They remain cherished memories for the three…and belt notches for Tiger. Bob May, Chris DiMarco and Rocco Mediate can go to their resting bunkers knowing they made Woods work overtime on the course of his insatiable quest toward Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors. Woods enters this week's U.S. Open at Merion still stuck on No. 14 at the fifth anniversary of his epic Torrey Pines win over Mediate.
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January 26, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Most of the first- and second-round pairings for the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines follow a formula. It's not as if tournament directors just pull names out of a hat. Except for three names. Maybe those were in a very small hat. Tiger Woods, Rocco Mediate and Anthony Kim will play together Thursday and Friday at Torrey Pines. "Funny how that pairing happened, huh? What a shocker," said Mediate, who at the 2008 U.S. Open here famously battled the limping Woods through regulation and then an extra 18 holes on the fifth day plus a sudden-death hole before Woods won. That also was Woods' last major victory.
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February 21, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
It turns out that, in all the dramatics of last year's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, we knew only part of the story. Tiger Woods hobbled around for 91 holes, winning on a wounded knee and in a fashion that will be recounted with awe and admiration for years. Rightfully so. But until this week at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, it was not commonly known that the other guy walking those 91 holes and losing by one shot was a slightly wounded warrior himself. Rocco Mediate had a bum right knee.
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July 18, 2008 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
SOUTHPORT, England -- Funny, they said the winner of the 137th British Open might deserve an asterisk because of Tiger Woods' absence. Now it seems he'll deserve a hot meal, a warm bath, a thick blanket and a Claret Jug marked "Survivor." "Miserable, miserable, miserable," Vijay Singh said of the weather Thursday. "Bloody miserable," Craig Parry said. "It's not a fun topic of conversation," Phil Mickelson said after his 79, which probably warrants a response. Oh?
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June 27, 2008 | Chris Foster, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
After pushing Tiger Woods for five-plus rounds at the U.S. Open and doing countless interviews, Rocco Mediate didn't have much left Thursday in the first round of the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich. "I'm about to faint," Mediate said after signing for a one-under-par 71. "This whole experience has been unbelievable." Mediate's first tournament since falling short of winning his first major might not last long.
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June 17, 2008 | Chris Dufresne, Times Staff Writer
LA JOLLA -- In the end, he was Rocco, not "Rocky." And Tiger Woods was Tiger Woods. And there were no retakes. Rocco Mediate had his chance to win the 108th U.S. Open, on the 18th green, in a playoff, on the 90th hole, at Torrey Pines. But when Mediate didn't win it -- missing a 16-foot birdie putt -- Woods did. The playoff, even at par 71 after 18 holes, was forced into sudden death at the par-four seventh hole. Woods made par, Mediate made bogey, and it was time to exhale.
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May 19, 1996 | From Staff and Wire Reports
It's been three years since Rocco Mediate won on the PGA Tour, so part of Saturday was spent in getting reacquainted with the notoriety that comes with a two-under-par 68 and the third-round lead of the 50th Colonial at Ft. Worth, Texas. "I looked at the leader board every chance I got, and it was neat to see my name up there," he said, laughing. "I could get comfortable with that."
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September 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
Fans in western Pennsylvania were treated to a double delight from the hometown guys Friday--Arnold Palmer played on despite withdrawing, and Rocco Mediate grabbed a share of the lead in the Pennsylvania Classic at Ligonier. Mediate, who grew up about 20 miles away and joined Laurel Valley Golf Club six years ago, nearly holed out twice from the fairway in his round of 68, completing a 29-hole marathon as the clubhouse leader.
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March 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Imagine how Rocco Mediate felt the first time he met Arnold Palmer. He was 19 when friends secretly arranged a golf game at Latrobe, Pa., and the kid was so overcome by seeing the King that he nearly turned and ran. Imagine how he would feel 25 years later to see Palmer waiting for him Sunday afternoon on the 18th hole at Bay Hill. "It would be pretty interesting to see if I could even talk," said Mediate, a guy who rarely shuts up.
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September 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
Fans in western Pennsylvania were treated to a double delight from the hometown guys Friday--Arnold Palmer played on despite withdrawing, and Rocco Mediate grabbed a share of the lead in the Pennsylvania Classic at Ligonier. Mediate, who grew up about 20 miles away and joined Laurel Valley Golf Club six years ago, nearly holed out twice from the fairway in his round of 68, completing a 29-hole marathon as the clubhouse leader.
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