The Daily Wrap-up: Round 3, Open

October 16, 2010
Staff and wire reports

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) -- Rocco Mediate holed out with a pitching wedge from 111 yards on the par-5 15th hole for his third eagle of the week and finished with a 4-under 67 to maintain a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Open.


The 47-year-old Mediate, looking for his first PGA TOUR victory in eight years, became the first player to make three eagles in a tournament since Tiger Woods in the 1998 Sprint International. Mediate had a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole Thursday and holed out from 160 yards Friday on the par-4 fourth hole. He had a 17-under 196 total on the CordeValle Golf Club course in the Fall Series event.

Bo Van Pelt was second after a 65, rookie Alex Prugh (66) and Ryuji Imada (69) were five strokes back at 12 under, and U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler (68) was 11 under.

Mediate got into a conversation with a group of people as he approached the tee on the 15th hole. They wanted to follow him, but were more interested in watching the NLCS opener between the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.

"I told them I don't blame them," he said. "I would do the same thing if I could."

Three other player also recorded an eagle, all on the short par-4, 298-yard 17th hole.

Prugh used a 3-wood off the tee to get within 23 inches of the cup for his eagle. That capped a 5-under 66, which included five consecutive birdies and helped ease the pain of a couple of bogeys.

"I hit it perfect right up the left fringe," Prugh said. "It kind of rolled around the backstop and came back."

Prugh played the course through his collegiate years at UCLA and felt that helps.

"I love the west coast," he said. "We usually played here in fall, so it's similar conditions now."

Charles Warren used a 27-foot putt shot for his eagle, and Chris DiMarco came within five inches of a hole-in-one.

Shot of the Day: Rocco Mediate

Rocco Mediate holes out for eagle on the 15th hole during the third round.

The start of play was delayed 45 minutes because of fog.

Mediate holds at least a share of the 54-lead for the seventh time, most recently at the 2002 Wyndham Championship, his last PGA TOUR win. This is his 193rd start since.

"If I keep doing what I'm doing I have a good chance of getting this done," Mediate said. "There's no reason why I can't keep going."

Van Pelt drew within a stroke of the lead with birdie on the 12th hole, but bogeyed on 14 and birdied on 15 while Mediate had a birdie and his eagle.

"It was good to shoot a low number to get a little closer," Van Pelt said. "I wasn't happy after two holes but then I made a couple of birdies and settled in."

On the 18th fairway, Van Pelt had a run-in with a bee, which landed on his ball and refused to leave for a few minutes despite the player's best efforts.

"We were 65 yards away. I had a good chance to make birdie," Van Pelt said. "I was always good at 'Operation.' I have steady hands. I'm glad I took the time and made a good shot."

Fowler was five strokes back at this event last year before forcing a playoff. He said a good start to his final round helped propel him to the top of the leaderboard.

"I'm going to focus on getting off to a good start," he said. "Rocco controls the tournament right now though and he's going to be tough to catch."

Notables at the Open
Name Score Position Comment Sunday Tee Times (ET)
Tim Clark 10 under T6 Putting struggles (T54 this week) haven't sidetracked THE PLAYERS champ. 1:34 p.m.
John Mallinger 10 under T6 Another round in the 60s likely moves him into the top 125. 1:23 p.m.
Chad Campbell 9 under T11 Had eight birdies Saturday and moved to the cusp of the top 10. 1:12 p.m.
Paul Goydos 7 under T19 Bounced back from second-round 73 with Saturday 68. 12:39 p.m.
John Daly 5 under T30 Needs to eliminate the bogeys Sunday to move up the money list. 12:55 p.m.
CordeValle Golf Club: Round 3
The par-5 15th hole was the easiest with a Saturday scoring average of 4.534.
The par-4 5th hole was the toughest with a Saturday scoring average of 4.274.
Kodak Challenge leaders at CordeValle
Pos. Name Today Comment
T1 Troy Merritt Birdie On in one, two-putt from 28-feet for birdie to keep share of lead
T1 Rickie Fowler Par Missed 43-foot birdie putt by 4-feet, and made par to keep share of first
3 Tim Petrovic Birdie On in one, two-putt from 27 feet for birdie to move to 14-under par
T4 Webb Simpson Par Missed 14-foot birdie putt by 2-feet, made par
T4 Lee Janzen Par Missed 7-foot birdie putt, and made 2-footer for par
T4 Aaron Baddeley Par Missed 6-foot birdie putt by 10-inches, made par

The tournament, the third of five Fall Series events, is in its first year at CordeValle Golf Club after three seasons at Grawhawk in Scottsdale, Ariz.