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CHAMPIONS TOUR/2013 CHARLES SCHWAB CUP


T CHAMPIONS TOUR:


Rocco Mediate brings his smile and winning game as he competes for the Charles Schwab Cup. BY ART STRICKLIN


Telling Rocco Mediate to smile and have more positive interaction with golf fans is like urging the sun to rise every day. There is just no need, as Rocco’s


bubbly personality is a daily habit based on years of well-honed experience. The first half of the 2013 Champions


Tour season has featured more great tournaments and moments, including the amazing consistency of Germany’s Bernard Langer and the ongoing top-10 finishes of veterans, Tom Watson and Hale Irwin. But, perhaps as important has been the emergence of a player whose personality


and mannerisms


were born to shine on the age 50-and- over tour. The


ever-friendly, chatting and


smiling Mediate, a Champions Tour rookie, never needed any lessons on how to talk and interact with fans and media, having picked up those gifts from his hero, golf legend Arnold Palmer. He didn’t need any reminders how


to win either, capturing his first career victory in his initial tournament, The Allianz Championship, in February, and tacked on top-10 finishes in his first four events. “I’m a little surprised I came out this


sharp. I’ve been working hard, but you never know when it’s going to kick in, the first week or the third week,” Mediate said. “To win in my first time out means the world to me, but mainly to be out here with my friends again is great.” In


his 28-year professional golf


career, the Greensburg (PA) native has found just about everyone he had ever played with or met on the golf course is his friend.


28 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013 www.pgatour.com


Rocco Mediate signs autographs for fans at the 2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort in Savannah, GA.


WELCOMING ROCCO


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