Tiger wins, but story still Rocco
Posted on: June 16, 2008 5:46 pm
Surprise, surprise. Tiger Woods, bum knee and all, wins the U.S. Open by beating Rocco Mediate. Regardless of the eventual outcome, the best part of the story still lies with Mediate. People have been saying it was a great victory for Tiger and, of course, it was. But, even with his injury everyone expected Tiger to win. The true story is the 40+ year old Rocco Mediate overcoming fatigue, both physical and mental, and endless stress to even reach the ninety first hole against the world's number one player. We all know Rocco is currently ranked in the 150's, as the announcers so frequently told us, but how about the fatigue he had to beat. The 46 year old, not a young man by any standards, had to not just play these five days in a row, but survive a sudden death playoff just to get into the tournament. Going into the fourth day, the question was would Tiger hold on or would Lee Westwood catch him. Not a thought towards Rocco. Nobody gave the man a thought before, or all throughout the tournament until he was suddenly leading it. Tiger has multitudes of great moments. Rocco has never, and probably will never have another chance, to have a moment like this. So Tiger won his fourteenth major in dramatic fashion, but from this tournament there is only one thing that should stick out in people's minds. Remember Rocco. One of the most affable and personable guys on tour, this is his moment, regardless of the fact that he didn't win. Let Tiger take his other moments. Remember Rocco.