Q. Robert Gamez struggling and now he's at the top of the leader board. It seems to surprise fans but not the players?
ROCCO MEDIATE: Robert has always been good, but he just doesn't know it. He was rookie of the year 1990 and then he came on bad times, but whatever it was in 1990 that was in there, it's still in there. He's had to figure a way to get it out, and I think he's done that this week at least. He's a good player and good guy. I don't know Robert that well, but something happened that obviously made him not play good anymore.
Q. It never surprised you guys?
ROCCO MEDIATE: I'm not surprised. This guy was All World in 1990, '91, look at his record then. Then all of a sudden, where did he go. A lot of guys may not have kept playing, but he stuck with it and he gutted it out and he's still here. Who knows what's going to happen to him this week. He may win the tournament. He's back to where he was and who knows what will happen after that. I enjoy seeing that happen to players myself, because it's cool to come back out in this competition and do what he's doing is really good.
Q. What would it do for you this weekend to win?
ROCCO MEDIATE: It would be great. Like I say, I love it here. I stay with people in town. Debbie and Stewart Flanagan. It's like a family to me. Their son Justin. In fact, Justin, their son, he's 14 now. But when I won in '93 in the pro am, I was putting on No. 10 in the pro am, I had him on his shoulders. I hadn't seen him in two years and I saw him Tuesday night and he's almost as tall as I am. So I said, well, you can put me on your shoulders now, stuff like that. But it would be great, of course.
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