Turns out that 6-for-5 playoff at last Monday’s U.S. Open qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, wasn’t necessary after all. That’s because the guy who got ousted, Rocco Mediate, is now back in this week’s national championship.
Mediate, the first alternate out of Columbus, was added to this week’s field at Pebble Beach. A spot had been saved in the 156-player field in case the St. Jude Classic produced a second-time winner who wasn’t previously in the U.S. Open, but that didn’t happen. The only player who had a chance to spoil things for Mediate was Nathan Green, and he finished T-25.
Mediate is the second alternate to be added to the field in the last week. England’s Simon Khan got the first alternate’s spot when the victor of the Memorial was not a two-time winner.
It remains to be seen whether Mediate can work a little bit of Columbus-to-U.S. Open magic, as he did in 2008. That year he made it through the qualifier in Columbus, then lost in a playoff to Tiger Woods.