On the heels of a 36-hole scoring record of 128 that shattered the old mark held by Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus by four shots, Rocco Mediate put together solid weekend rounds of 71-66 at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., for the lowest winning total in Senior PGA Championship history, 19-under 265. That was good enough for a three-shot victory over Colin Montgomerie.
Who Didn’t Win:
Montgomerie was the two-time defending champion, his first victory coming in Benton Harbor in 2014, but despite four solid rounds in the 60s, he could not catch Mediate, who began the final round with a two-shot edge. In the end, Montgomerie’s putter let him down. He missed makeable birdies at Nos. 8, 12 and 13 and three-putted 14 for bogey. On 15, he had a 15-footer for eagle and hit what looked like a great putt that slid just over the right lip. Seconds later, Mediate made a 9-footer for birdie. Montgomerie shot 67 on Sunday to finish 16 under, three shots better than his winning score at Harbor Shores two years ago but three more than he needed to catch the winner.
How it Happened:
Mediate, 53, played error-free almost the entire week. He had no bogeys on Thursday, Friday or Sunday and offset the three he had on Saturday – the only day the wind blew with any force – with three birdies. He played conservatively on the final nine, making a birdie on a par-5, another on a par-3 and…..READ FULL ARTICLE