Mediate keeps lead at Frys.com Open
Rocco Mediate sank a 160-meter iron shot for an eagle on the
fourth hole en route to a 6-under 65 on Friday that increased his
lead in the Frys.com Open to three strokes.
The 46-year-old Mediate, looking for his first PGA Tour victory
in eight years, made the eagle on the par-four hole a day after a
hole-in-one on the third. He had a 13-under 129 total on the
CordeValle Golf Club course.
Ryudi Imada (67) was second, and Dean Wilson (64) and David
Duval (65) followed at 9 under.
U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler shot a 65 to join Tim Herron
(67), Will MacKenzie (68), Henrik Stenson (67) and Bo Van Pelt (68)
at 8 under.
Mediate had eagles in consecutive rounds for the first time
”It is just weird,” Mediate said. ”When that went in, I was
‘Really?’ I was pleased, but shocked.”
Mediate, for years troubled by back problems, was slightly on
edge because of his 7:20 a.m. tee time, concerned that he couldn’t
get loose in the cold.
”I was a little nervy to start because I was concerned the
morning might be chilly,” Mediate said. ”I don’t do well in the
cold. But it wasn’t too bad. I hit a couple of putts and got some
Mediate birdied four of his first 12 holes before his eagle,
which made up for a later bogey.
”That was my record by miles, 34 holes without a bogey,”
Mediate said. ”I was so disappointed, but how could I be that
angry? I wanted to go at least 36 holes. I actually tried to bogey
the ninth hole too.”
Mediate said he took a putting lesson from Lee Trevino in May,
and it has made a huge difference in his results.
”I spent four or five hours with him and learned so much about
moving the ball to the right,” Mediate said. ”It was priceless. I
didn’t want to leave. Him and I are the same; we’re nuts.”
Wilson said he took advantage of smoother greens, birdieing six
of eight holes at one point, recovering nicely from an early
”There is a lot of danger out there,” Wilson said. ”I need to
drive the ball well, get it on the fairway. The greens were nice
and smooth in the morning, versus yesterday when they were a little
Duval said he played consistently well in the second round.
”I wasn’t real close to a bogey,” he said. ”I felt like I hit
the ball pretty well. I had a few mistakes but I came here and have
gotten into a rhythm so far.”
Fowler birdied four of his final five holes to move into the top
”I drove the ball better,” Fowler said. ”Rocco set the pace
and I needed to stay with the pace. I did that.”
Defending champion Troy Matteson missed the cut, following his
opening 72 with a 76.