by Jeff Skinner
There’s plenty of joy in Greensburg PA. today as their hometown boy Rocco Mediate has once again made his mark on The PGA Tour. There are few players that are as popular as “The Rock” playing on tour and Rocco showed why yesterday. He chatted and smiled his way around the course to his sixth career victory and astounded the fans by once again holing out from the fairway for an eagle.
The Frys.com Open should consider a name change to the Frys.com Open and Aviary considering all the eagles and birdies that the players were able to collect over the tournament. It was an amazing display of golf with golfers actually holing out from the fairway with regularity.
The most exciting and important eagle came from Rocco on the seventeenth hole of the final round. With the cool weather causing Rocco’s back to be a little stiff and uncooperative, he was on his way to his first over par round of the tournament. He had surrendered a share of his lead and needed to make something happen down the stretch. A birdie at sixteen and his miraculous eagle on seventeen gave him the edge he needed. When he holed his five foot par putt on eighteen he had completed his quest to win on tour again. He was as thrilled as a man could be and he now has a two year exemption on the PGA Tour and will be able to play anywhere he wants. That’s fairly important for Rocco and even better for us.
“Do you believe what just happened out there?” Mediate said. “I have a job again.”