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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Rocco Mediate
A year ago, Rocco Mediate was just another rookie on the Champions Tour.
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Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples broke away with birdies on the 17th to top the leaderboard going into Sunday's final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Rocco Mediate took the first-round lead Friday in the Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
Rocco Mediate is trying to complete a Canadian sweep.
Sergio Garcia was doing everything right. He had the lead going into the third round. He kept bogeys off his card and made two birdies on the front nine.
A good start and a great finish was enough for Sergio Garcia to take the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Phil Mickelson keeps saying how much he loves playing with Tiger Woods. He shot an 8-under 63 at the Deutsche Bank Championship to prove it.
Fred Couples has wanted just one shot to win a golf tournament in front of family and friends in the Seattle area.
Rocco Mediate already loves Minnesota.
Woods won four majors on courses he had never played — Medinah for the 1999 PGA Championship, Valhalla for the PGA Championship the following year, Bethpage Black in the 2002 U.S. Open and Royal Liverpool for the 2006 British Open. Merion is new not only to him, but just about everyone.
The photo of Ben Hogan hitting his 1-iron into the 18th green at Merion in the 1950 U.S. Open is among the most famous in golf history, capturing the pure swing of one of the greatest players when the pressure of a major championship was at its peak.
The U.S. Open is known as the toughest test in golf, and it's even more difficult when more than 72 holes are required.
Tom Watson is using the Champions Tour's return to Atlanta as part of a three-week swing through Georgia designed to get his game back in winning form.
"It was great, honestly unexpected," said Mediate, who won six times on the PGA Tour, but may be best known for his spirited playoff loss to Tiger Woods at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. "To have it happen the first week was kind of wild, actually."
But he admitted he had no idea.