Rocco Mediate secured his first tournament victory on PGA Tour Champions in three years in winning the Sanford International 2019 at the Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on September 22nd.
The 56 year-old from Greensburg, Pennsylvania wasn’t among the leading candidates in the betting going into the tournament, with odds of around 40/1 being generally available. Rocco Mediate’s reward in terms of prize money was $270,000 of the $1,800,000 purse.
It was the 13th professional win of Mediate’s career, including four on the PGA Champions Tour, but his first since winning the Senior PGA Championship in 2016.
“It was just one of those days everything kind of went really good,” Mediate said. “When I was bad, I got it up and down. When I was good, I made putts. You have to do this crazy stuff.”
“Putted my you-know-what off today, but I hit a lot of good shots, too. I hit a lot of greens, kept my head together and here we are the last couple holes.”
Going into the tournament, Bernhard Langer was the 8/1 bookmakers favourite with 888Sport, with Scott McCarron and Jerry Kelly both available at 9/1 on the betting lines. Retief Goosen (the South African rookie on the PGA Tour Champions this season) and Woody Austin were next up at 12/1, followed by David Toms at 14/1 and Brandt Jobe at 16/1. Needless to say that bookmakers such as 888sport do have betting offers for new customers, who are welcome to take advantage of such odds and other competitive probabilities in future bets.
As with most of the tournaments on the PGA Tour Champions (formerly the Senior PGA Tour and Champions Tour), the Sanford International was played over three rounds (54 holes). The course at the Minnehaha Country Club (established on the outskirts of Sioux Falls in 1905) is a Par 70 with a total course yardage of 6,729.
Mediate shot a final round 64 for a total 9-under 201 to win by two shots from Ken Duke, Colin Montgomerie and Bob Estes. Mediate birdied the last two holes to edge out Duke. Mediate was already in the clubhouse when Duke, who was tied for the lead going to the last, took four shots to reach the final green to make double bogey and close his round with a 69.
Jay Haas and Steve Flesch each finished 6-under in a tie for fifth. Scott McCarron tied for seventh after shooting a final round 67 and still leads the way for the Charles Schwab Cup. There are only two tournaments remaining before the Schwab Cup play-offs (which consist of a series of three tournaments).
As indicated by the result of the Sanford International, there’s always plenty of value to be had betting on PGA Tour Champions, so in such a competitive market it’s certainly worth checking out the wealth of betting offers for new and existing customers available over the remaining tournaments.
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