Rocco Anthony Mediate
(born December 17, 1962) is an American
with multiple PGA Tour wins
Mediate was born in the Pittsburgh
suburb of Greensburg, Pennsylvania
. According to the Golf Channel
, he is the son of a barber and has Italian ancestral heritage. Mediate attended Florida Southern College
and was a member of the golf
team. His close friend Lee Janzen
, another PGA Tour
pro, also played there. They helped lead Florida Southern to the 1985 Division II national team championship
Mediate turned professional in 1985. His golfing career has been marred by back trouble. Early on, he compensated by using a long putter. In 1991 he became the first player to win on the PGA Tour
using a long putter when he won the Doral-Ryder Open
. He picked up another victory at the 1993 KMart Greater Greensboro Open
, but he then had a long layoff due to a ruptured disk. He underwent major back surgery in 1999, but lost practically five years of his career. Back pain returned in 2004 and later nearly ended his career.
Mediate returned to the Tour in 1996 playing under a special medical extension and performed steadily. He picked up wins on the Tour in 1999, 2000 and 2002. After improving his fitness to minimize his back problems, he returned to using a conventional putter in 2003.
Mediate has been featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf......