Senior PGA

With his victory in the Senior PGA Championship, Rocco Mediate established a new 72-hole scoring record.

Senior PGA Championship: The week that was at Harbor Shores

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- It was a week Rocco Mediate will never forget.

Eight years after narrowly losing to Tiger Woods in an epic playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open, Mediate is finally a major champion.

Mediate captured the 77th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid at Harbor Shores and did so in record fashion, establishing a new 72-hole record score of 19-under-par 265 -- thanks to a 5-under 66 on Sunday -- which was three strokes better than the previous low of 268 by Sam Snead in 1973.

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Mediate also became the first wire-to-wire winner of the Senior PGA Championship in 25 years. Jack Nicklaus was the last to turn that trick in 1991.

"I made everything," Mediate said. "My putter and short game was just stupid this week. I made everything. I tried the old one-shot at a time thing and it works sometimes."

Two of Mediate's best shots from his final-round 66? First there was a fantastic par save on the par-3 13th hole that allowed him to maintain a one-stroke lead at the time:

 

The second -- and the one that pretty much put the tournament away -- was this bunker hole out for birdie on the par-3 17th:

 

With the victory -- the third of his career on the PGA Tour Champions and first since 2013 -- Mediate receives a lifetime exemption into the Senior PGA Championship, exemptions into the remaining PGA Tour Champions majors in 2016 and a check for $504,000.

LOW CLUB PROFESSIONAL: John DalCorobbo from Speedway, Indiana, didn't just have a good week -- it was a great one.

The assistant professional from Brickyard Crossing was the low club professional, finishing the tournament at 11-under 273, which was good for a T7.

 

THE RECORDS: Mediate tied the Harbor Shores course record and tournament record with a 9-under 62 in Round 1. That was also the best first-round score in tournament history, edging Buck White's 63 in 1961 (White, however, was also 9 under in relation to par).

Mediate also had the lowest 36-hole score in championship history with his 14-under 128. The previous record was a 12-under 132 by Sam Snead (1973), Arnold Palmer (1984) and Jack Nicklaus (1991).

Mediate's 14-under 199 total through 54 holes was tied for second-best all-time with Roger Chapman who had the same mark at Harbor Shores in 2012.

And, finally, Mediate set a new standard for the low 72-hole score in Championship history with his 19-under 265 mark, three better than the previous best of 268 by Sam Snead in 1973.

DALY'S DEBUT: Recently turned 50-year-old John Daly made his much-anticipated Senior PGA Championship debut at Harbor Shores. Unfortunately for Long John and the hordes of fans that followed him around, it was a brief debut.

Daly, who only had two starts on the PGA Tour Champions prior to the week, missed the cut with rounds of 74-75 for a 7-over 149 total (the cut fell at even-par 140).

Daly's undoing may have come from just two holes in the first round. Playing the back nine first, Daly made a septuple-bogey 9 on the par-4 16th -- his seventh hole of the day. He was resilient in bouncing back with three birdies over the next seven holes, but the round was derailed yet again with a double-bogey 6 at the par-4 third.

BEST SHOTS FROM THE WEEK: It's not often you get a hole-in-one and an albatross in the same tournament. That's what happened at the Senior PGA Championship though.

Unfortunately, the hole-in-one at the par-3 second hole with a 7-iron from 172 yards by 2005 Senior PGA Champion Mike Reid wasn't captured on tape. Fortunately, a bunch of other great shots were... Like Kenny Perry's albatross in Round 2 on the par-5 second, a 5-iron from 227:

 

Here was club professional John DalCorobbo's brilliant eagle hole-out at the par-4 18th hole in Round 1:

 

Remarkably, he followed that with this 42-foot birdie putt on the same hole in the third round:

 

Colin Montgomerie had two memorable shots in the third round. First was this topped fairway-wood on the par-5 10th hole, which was impressive because he recovered to make an unlikely birdie:

 

The second was this near-chip-in from an incredibly difficult spot to the left of the par-3 17th green that set up a par:

 

Rocco Mediate had his share of spectacular shots throughout the tournament. This par putt on the 17th hole in Round 3 was particularly special because it put an immediate halt to what was looking like it could be a train wreck of a hole:

 

Kirk Triplett had this bunker hole-out for birdie on the par-5 15th in Round 3:

 

Tom Lehman's caddie may have earned an extra tip when he demanded that Lehman hit a particular iron at the par-4 16th in Round 2:

 

Esteban Toledo did a little boxing and some dancing after this hole out on No. 9 in the second round:

 


FUNNIEST SHOT OF THE WEEK: This belongs to Jesper Parnevik. After hitting a shot from a swampy area, Parnevik ended up with, well, probably an expensive dry-cleaning bill:

 

Parnevik's playing partner, Billy Andrade, was sure to get a photo with the mud-covered Swede after the round: