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“It’s never easy to win, it’s always


hard, but it was a total rush when I was able to do it. Winning is winning, it’s always great,” Mediate said. He hasn’t


stopped chasing


the


same players he chased for the last two-plus decades with the realization that age may have widened their waist lines or thinned their hair, but it hasn’t diminished their abilities. “These guys are really good, the idea


that this is some type of golf exhibition is a bunch of crap,” Mediate said. “It’s same hierarchy on the PGA TOUR; the guys who have won big events still have the edge and I’m still trying just as hard to beat them.” But it didn’t take him long to find out


the Champions Tour has a different tone. During an early Florida tournament, a fan asked Mediate to sign a copy of the book chronicling the playoff battle with Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open. Mediate first told the fan he couldn’t do it right then, but as soon as he hit his drive, he walked over to the ropes and signed the book. Mediate


Champions Tour golf on TV before he got out on the circuit to familiarize himself with the courses and the players and came away amazed with the low scores and the consistently good play.


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« HIS RELAXED PERSONALITY


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“I rode to the airport with Rocco


recently and in that 25-minute ride, he mentioned how competitive the Tour was numerous times,” Weibring said. “The competitive level is as good


as any other Tour out there,” Mediate added. Mediate was the first PGA TOUR player to win a TOUR event using a long


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putter at the 1991 Doral-Ryder Open, but has since gone back to using the regulation putter because he did not see any extra benefit. But the ever-thinking, ever-talking Mediate has come up with


a new


Rocco Mediate after his putt on the third hole during the second round of the Legends Division at the 2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf.


marketing slogan for his new golfing home, ‘These Guys are Still Good.’ “We should still be good,” Mediate


said. “We’ve been doing this our entire lives. It’s the only sport you should get better the longer you do it. I can’t wait.” ■


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