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Rocco Mediate: Class Act

By Wyatt Earp | June 16, 2008

Rocky, Rocky, Rocky!

Yes, Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open today, but not after Rocco Mediate took him through an eighteen-hole playoff and a one-hole sudden death round. Not bad for a guy who isn’t ranked in the PGA’s Top 100.

And all the while, he was openly enjoying himself.

He laughed, he joked, and he savored every minute of his moment in the sun. Sure, he may never find himself in a position to take on the best golfer who ever lived in a major playoff, but for two days he was Tiger’s equal in every way. It was nice to see, especially from someone who, by all appearances, is a generally nice guy – and a Pennsylvania native, to boot.

Congratulations, Rocco. You should be proud of your showing this weekend.

Topics: Golf | 14 Comments »

14 Responses to “Rocco Mediate: Class Act”

  1. RT Says:
    June 16th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Both should be very proud of their play. It was a great tournament.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 16th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    RT – Agreed. Just when you thought they couldn’t top yesterday’s performances.

  3. susan Says:
    June 16th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Rocco who is he. After today a class act. Everyone knows you and will remember you now. You have such a great smile warm and funny personality. I must say that I cried whe you lost. I wish hime the best and hope only that I will see you again in the same situation, but on the next time you will be the winner. Best of luck.

  4. USA_Admiral Says:
    June 16th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    It was an amazing game to watch. Rocco is a class act.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 16th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Susan – I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Admiral – He surely is. I love Tiger, but I was pulling for Rocco.

  6. steve in st. pete. Says:
    June 16th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Rocco. You’re my hero.

  7. Rick Says:
    June 16th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Rocco is a class act.

  8. Big Bad Wolf Says:
    June 16th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Army CID shut down for almost two hours during the match today. EVERY agent in the building from Noon til 2 was in the TV lounge.

    Crime just had to wait.

    Oh, and the “You suck, Tiger” comments after he won were priceless. I think it was the sheer unbelievability of a nobody almost beating the master.

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 17th, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Steve in St. Pete – I think he’s a lot of people’s hero after this weekend.

    Rick – Absolutely correct.

    Wolf – Our division shut down for the last few playoff holes and the sudden death hole. Most of us were pulling for Rocco, even though most of us are Tiger fans.

  10. Old NFO Says:
    June 17th, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Rocco did good! I’m just sorry I didn’t get to see but one hole of the entire tournament… dammit…

  11. Ky Person Says:
    June 17th, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Golf is still boring. Sorry. Rocco is a nice guy, but I’d rather watch water freeze.

  12. Randal Graves Says:
    June 17th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    2nd Place = 1st Loser.

    If you’re not first….you’re LAST!

  13. rodney dill Says:
    June 17th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Playing to 2nd with that much class does him a lot of good.
    The $810,000 doesn’t hurt so much eigther.

  14. DirtCrashr Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Amazing work by Rocco, he got a private 18-hole play-date with Tiger, a personal lesson that you simply can’t buy. People who say it’s boring should think again and bring their rangfinder and Trigicon or Aimpoint – golf is played at engagement distances and forces you to always think tactically. My cart-bag has a pocket just about big enough for my M4gery…