Rocco Mediate wins Champions Tour event
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Rocco Mediate won the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic by seven strokes on Sunday for his second victory in 17 starts in his first Champions Tour season.
The 50-year-old Mediate, the Allianz Championship winner in February in his first Champions Tour start, closed with a 7-under 64 at tree-lined Canyon Meadows.
Mediate opened with a 63 and had a 64 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round. The six-time PGA Tour winner finished at 22-under 191 to equal the tour record for lowest total score in a 54-hole event.
“I liked it when I saw it,” Mediate said of Canyon Meadows. “It’s just that you’ve got to drive real straight. I like that feeling, not that I drove straight all the time, but most of the time I did.”
Tom Byrum had a 64 to finish second. Duffy Waldorf and Kirk Triplett tied for third at 14 under. Waldorf had a 65, and Triplett shot 67.
Fred Couples shot a 67 to tie for 10th at 12 under.
“It’s exciting golf, but it’s hard to believe,” Couples said about Mediate. “This is not a pitch and putt golf course. If you could just tone down Rocco, you’d have a hell of a tournament out there. There’s about 10 guys that could win.”
Bill Glasson shot a course-record 62 to also finish at 12 under.
“I needed that round,” Glasson said. “I’ve been playing miserably, and I kind of had a good feeling, not 62 feeling, but I’ve been working on a couple changes.”