Mediate wins first major championship

Posted May 31, 2016 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Six-time PGA Tour winner and Greensburg native Rocco Mediate broke through in major championships by breaking the Senior PGA Championship scoring record by three strokes that was set by Sam Snead in 1971 at PGA National.

At the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Mediate lost to Tiger Woods on the 91st hole.

Mediate shots rounds of 62-66-71-66 - 265 at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and became the first wire-to-wire champion since Jack Nicklaus in 1991 at PGA National. His opening round 62 matched both the tournament and course records.

Mediate’s last win on the Senior PGA Tour came in his rookie season in 2013 when he won twice.

Two-time defending champion, Colin Montgomerie, shot 67 in the final round, but was unable to overcome Mediate’s pace. Montgomerie’s 268 total matched the previous tournament scoring record set by Snead.