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July 14, 2013

Rocco Mediate


MODERATOR:テつ We have Rocco Mediate, 4 under for the day, 7 under for the Tournament.

Q.テつ Did you go out to be a little more aggressive today?
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ I just wanted to drive in the fairways, which the ones I missed, I missed by a couple, except for 17.テつ But the other ones were close.テつ So I drove better and had a lot of good opportunities.テつ I made some good putts today.
My three bogeys were three‑putts unfortunately.テつ The last one, whatever.テつ It happens, I guess.テつ Kind of shocked me too.テつ I feel like I'm still out there putting.
One of those things.テつ I didn't really rush ‑‑ I probably did rush it a little bit, actually.テつ It was good.テつ I hit two really good shots in there.テつ The 7 iron was cool.テつ It was good to feel that again.テつ It was fun.テつ It was fun.
Kenny just went bye‑bye.テつ I needed to be much lower.テつ It was good.テつ It was a good final day.テつ It was fun to feel that again.テつ This is my favorite Tournament, whether it's the other Open or our Open, I love it.

Q.テつ Nice ovation for you on 18?
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ Fans were amazing this week, fantastic.テつ Me and Lu had a great time.テつ Lu is the best.テつ He's one of my favorite people.テつ They were screaming all day.テつ It was great.テつ It was fun.
I said to him on one hole, the short 4, 13, I said, it's too bad nobody likes golf around here.テつ It was good stuff, fantastic.

Q.テつ You did get within two.
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ Yeah, well.テつ You just, you know‑‑ where was that at?

Q.テつ You birdied 15.
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ Yeah, 15.テつ Well, I knew I was right there.テつ It was just a matter of I know he's going to still make birdies.テつ I know he wasn't going to go the other way.テつ Tried to swing a 6 iron on 16.テつ I didn't swing it.テつ It was too pretty, actually.
I needed to kind of dive in there and get back, just like the shot on 18.テつ I wanted to swing it back in and use that wind a little bit instead of holding something up against it.テつ I don't trust the back of that green at all.テつ Goes crazy back there. テつSo just missed that one.
And then not a very good first putt.テつ Good second putt.テつ And then 17 was‑‑ I'd have taken a 4 after that horrid tee shot I hit.テつ Only one I hit bad all day actually.テつ Scares me.テつ I can't play it.テつ Can't do anything on 17.

Q. テつYou said on Wednesday, if you were 8 under on Sunday, you'd be happy.
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ I still lost.

Q.テつ Kenny just too good?
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ Obviously, yeah.テつ He gets on these crazy runs.テつ He did it on the regular Tour.テつ Now he's doing it here.テつ It's like who are you?テつ It's amazing.テつ He doesn't back off.テつ He's a great Champion.テつ I'm glad he won this one.テつ I mean, it's good.テつ He should win one of these, as good as he plays.
He won last week too.テつ So back‑to‑back.テつ See if they can't stop him at Birkdale somehow.テつ If he's even going.テつ I don't know if he's going.

Q.テつ You talked earlier in the week about you've playing mediocre.テつ Did this kind of get yougoing a little bit?
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ Yeah, it helped.テつ I struggled all week off the tee.テつ I couldn't make my ball go in the fairway.テつ I like the look off these tees.テつ It wasn't like I didn't like it.
Today, I was better.テつ I talked to Jimmy Ballard last night.テつ Actually texted a little bit.テつ Just a little too far to the right.テつ Johnny Miller said some nice things to me this morning, kind of got me going.テつ You're a great driver.テつ Come on.テつ I went out and drove really good.テつ I really did.テつ The ones I missed were smidgen, which happens here.テつ It was good.
I made more putts this week.テつ The only three‑putts I had were today.テつ Yeah.テつ And I had some tough two‑putts, I did.テつ But 18, just like I said, it's one of those things that really kind of hurts a little, but I played good coming in.
I just made one mistake on‑‑ I really hit good shots.テつ Well, except for the tee shot on 17, I was pleased.

Q.テつ Good week overall?
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ Fantastic week.テつ Everybody was great.テつ It's a good Open course, obviously.テつ So I don't know where you go next year.テつ Oak Tree, I think.テつ That will be cool.テつ That's a great place too.

Q.テつ [ No microphone ].
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ Yeah, I mean, you always think you're there.テつ Just depends on what you can do after that.テつ And like I said, I tried to swing that ball in on 16.テつ But like I said, I didn't quite hook it enough.テつ So that's why it stayed so short.

Q.テつ You were going for birdie there?
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ Yeah, I figured I could rip it back in there with that wind and give myself 15 or something close.テつ Just didn't quite toast it.

Q.テつ Rocco, Kenny didn't win a regular Major.テつ What do you think it does to his reputation as a golfer to be winning them out here?
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ It's still the hardest test we have and our biggest Tournament.テつ The ones he came close to‑‑ you know, to be that close, I know the feeling.テつ It's awful not to‑‑ to win, but you're there, so something good's happening.テつ Something great's happening, actually, when you're that close.テつ He's been there a few times.
The fact that he didn't win, it's hard.テつ Make a mistake and see ya.テつ It happens.テつ I mean, it just happens.

Q.テつ Good week?
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ Yeah, fantastic.

Q.テつ Is this a course and a city that you think you and the pros would like to come back again, either every year or for another U.S. Open?
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ Absolutely, yeah.テつ We love it here.

Q.テつ What did you like the most?
ROCCO MEDIATE:テつ It was good.テつ I stayed with the Gerbers this week.テつ We had a ball.テつ Good restaurants, fans are crazy, Corey's here.テつ How much better can it get?
I thought he was going to come up and hit me.テつ I'm done.テつ I'll be happy to go.

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