July 14, 2013
Flash interview with:
MODERATOR: We have Rocco Mediate, 4 under for the day, 7 under for the Tournament.
Q. Did you go out to be a little more aggressive today?
ROCCO MEDIATE: I just wanted to drive in the fairways, which the ones I missed, I missed by a couple, except for 17. But the other ones were close. So I drove better and had a lot of good opportunities. I made some good putts today.
My three bogeys were three putts unfortunately. The last one, whatever. It happens, I guess. Kind of shocked me too. I feel like I'm still out there putting.
One of those things. I didn't really rush I probably did rush it a little bit, actually. It was good. I hit two really good shots in there. The 7 iron was cool. It was good to feel that again. It was fun. It was fun.
Kenny just went bye bye. I needed to be much lower. It was good. It was a good final day. It was fun to feel that again. This is my favorite Tournament, whether it's the other Open or our Open, I love it.
Q. Nice ovation for you on 18?
ROCCO MEDIATE: Fans were amazing this week, fantastic. Me and Lu had a great time. Lu is the best. He's one of my favorite people. They were screaming all day. It was great. 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. It was good stuff, fantastic.
Q. You did get within two.
ROCCO MEDIATE: Yeah, well. You just, you know where was that at?
Q. You birdied 15.
ROCCO MEDIATE: Yeah, 15. Well, I knew I was right there. It was just a matter of I know he's going to still make birdies. I know he wasn't going to go the other way. Tried to swing a 6 iron on 16. I didn't swing it. It was too pretty, actually.
I needed to kind of dive in there and get back, just like the shot on 18. I wanted to swing it back in and use that wind a little bit instead of holding something up against it. I don't trust the back of that green at all. Goes crazy back there. So just missed that one.
And then not a very good first putt. Good second putt. And then 17 was I'd have taken a 4 after that horrid tee shot I hit. Only one I hit bad all day actually. Scares me. I can't play it. Can't do anything on 17.
Q. You said on Wednesday, if you were 8 under on Sunday, you'd be happy.
ROCCO MEDIATE: I still lost.
Q. Kenny just too good?
ROCCO MEDIATE: Obviously, yeah. He gets on these crazy runs. He did it on the regular Tour. Now he's doing it here. It's like who are you? It's amazing. He doesn't back off. He's a great Champion. I'm glad he won this one. I mean, it's good. He should win one of these, as good as he plays.
He won last week too. So back to back. See if they can't stop him at Birkdale somehow. If he's even going. I don't know if he's going.
Q. You talked earlier in the week about you've playing mediocre. Did this kind of get you going a little bit?
ROCCO MEDIATE: Yeah, it helped. I struggled all week off the tee. I couldn't make my ball go in the fairway. I like the look off these tees. It wasn't like I didn't like it.
Today, I was better. I talked to Jimmy Ballard last night. Actually texted a little bit. Just a little too far to the right. Johnny Miller said some nice things to me this morning, kind of got me going. You're a great driver. Come on. I went out and drove really good. I really did. The ones I missed were smidgen, which happens here. It was good.
I made more putts this week. The only three putts I had were today. Yeah. And I had some tough two putts, I did. 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. Well, except for the tee shot on 17, I was pleased.
Q. Good week overall?
ROCCO MEDIATE: Fantastic week. Everybody was great. It's a good Open course, obviously. So I don't know where you go next year. Oak Tree, I think. That will be cool. That's a great place too.
Q. [ No microphone ].
ROCCO MEDIATE: Yeah, I mean, you always think you're there. Just depends on what you can do after that. And like I said, I tried to swing that ball in on 16. But like I said, I didn't quite hook it enough. So that's why it stayed so short.
Q. You were going for birdie there?
ROCCO MEDIATE: Yeah, I figured I could rip it back in there with that wind and give myself 15 or something close. Just didn't quite toast it.
Q. Rocco, Kenny didn't win a regular Major. What do you think it does to his reputation as a golfer to be winning them out here?
ROCCO MEDIATE: It's still the hardest test we have and our biggest Tournament. The ones he came close to you know, to be that close, I know the feeling. It's awful not to to win, but you're there, so something good's happening. Something great's happening, actually, when you're that close. He's been there a few times.
The fact that he didn't win, it's hard. Make a mistake and see ya. It happens. I mean, it just happens.
Q. Good week?
ROCCO MEDIATE: Yeah, fantastic.
Q. 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: Absolutely, yeah. We love it here.
Q. What did you like the most?
ROCCO MEDIATE: It was good. I stayed with the Gerbers this week. We had a ball. Good restaurants, fans are crazy, Corey's here. How much better can it get?
I thought he was going to come up and hit me. I'm done. I'll be happy to go.
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