Rocco Mediate took a page from his past at the Senior PGA Championship, though he seized the chance to rewrite the ending. The story otherwise was directly from the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, where he emerged relatively from nowhere and almost beat Tiger Woods. This time, Mediate, with only a single top-25 surface in 8 PGA Tour Champions begins in 2012, suddenly found his form at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., and won the Senior PGA Championship by three shots, his first major in a profession that had actually constantly been excellent, however never ever terrific.
I suggest, my putter won it. I simply kept making them and making them and in some way kept it together.
Mediate, who had two previous senior success, both in his rookie season in 2013, opened the competition with a nine-under-par 62. He became the first wire-to-wire winner of the event since Jack Nicklaus in 1991.
Runner-up Colin Montgomerie had actually closed within one with a birdie at the 10th hole Sunday, but he bogeyed the 14th to fall two back. At No. 17, Mediate holed a bunker shot for birdie to take a three-stroke lead, successfully clinching the title.
It was ridiculous, Mediate said. That s what it takes to do something like this.