Rocco Mediate went wire-to-wire at the Senior PGA Championship at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores for a 19-under-par total. The six-time PGA Tour winner put together a Sunday 66 which was enough to see off pre-tournament favourite Colin Montgomerie by three strokes.
The 53-year-old Mediate started his final round solidly with birdies at the third and fifth. He bogeyed the seventh before rebounding with birdies at the eighth and ninth to make the turn at three-under-par for the round.
He started the back nine with five pars before picking up another shot at the 15th. A par followed at the 16th before a memorable chip-in at the 17th meant he carded another red number on the home stretch.
‘That was sick. That hole was good to me this week. As soon as it left the club, I knew it had a chance. Obviously I didn’t know it was going to make it, of course not, but I had a feeling I might. And then that kind of — that made a big difference. It made a huge difference. It was very fortunate at that time. Very fortunate,’ he said of the chip-in.
A solid par on the 18th meant Mediate played the homeward stretch without dropping a shot for his maiden senior major championship.
Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer were the pre-tournament favourites and finished second and tied-third, respectively, while South African David Frost shared seventh.