Rocco Mediate continues to tumble and as a result we now have a five-way tie atop the leaderboard. Mediate is now 5 over on the day with bogeys on four of his last six holes.
Meanwhile, the three others tied with Mediate haven’t exactly lit it up. Chris Tidland has the best round going among that group at 2 under through 14 holes. And at 167th on the money list, he needs a round like today’s. Also among that group is Rickie Fowler, who at one point was 1 over but is now 1 under today.
And if that wasn’t enough, there are four others, including Kevin Stadler, that are within two of the lead and still on the golf course.
Today’s round is turning into one in which pars are a very good thing -- at least for Alex Prugh.
Prugh is even through his first 11 holes, but that’s been good enough to now move him to within one of Rocco Mediate, who is leaking oil at 4 over through 11 holes.
The cold-ish and rainy weather isn’t helping Mediate’s back, and hitting just four of eight fairways and four off 11 greens aren’t either. When you miss that green, your putting numbers are usually good, but Mediate has struggled with the flat stick too, taking 18 putts through 11 holes and a 2.250 average on putts per green in regulation.
No wonder he hasn’t made a birdie today. Now it’s just a matter of trying to hang on for Mediate.
A bogey on the par-5 12th hole may have just ended Kevin Stadler’s chances to win. Stadler missed the fairway left on the 596-yard hole and never was able to recover. It also brought to an end a stretch of 29 holes without a bogey for Stadler – his last came on the par-5 ninth on Friday.
The bogey also dropped Stadler three back of Rocco Mediate. Alex Prugh, meanwhile, has now moved into second. He’s two back and even on his round through 10 holes in what are less-than-ideal conditions with rain soaking the golf course. Just ask Bo Van Pelt. He’s 3 over through 10 holes and has dropped back into a four-way tie for third place.
Should Rocco Mediate (at 47 years, 10 months), who opened the day with a three-shot lead, go on to win he’d be the oldest winner on the PGA TOUR by a year since Kenny Perry at last year’s Travelers Championship.
This, however, is also Mediate’s 193rd start since his last victory, which came at the 2002 Wyndham Championship. This is also the sixth time in Mediate’s career that he’s held the 54-hole lead, though only 18 of 42 leaders or co-leaders going into the final round this year have gone on to win.
The bad news for Mediate today is that he’s 1 over through five holes.The slow start didn’t hurt him too much, however, because Bo Van Pelt, who began the day alone in second, is 2 over and now four shots back of Mediate.
In the third round of the 2010 Frys.com Open, Rocco Mediate holes his approach shot at the par-5 15th from 111 yards out for an eagle three.