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Power Rankings: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship – PGA Tour |

Power Rankings: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship – PGA Tour

Vartan Kupelian is a PGATOUR.COM contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 10 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player’s strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.

Rocco Mediate didn’t let challenges from Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer distract him from the task at hand two years ago at the 2016 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.


With a firm grasp on his putter and his game, Mediate shot a final-round 5-under 66 for a 72-hole total of 19-under 265 to win his first PGA TOUR Champions major at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores.

Mediate, who established a tournament record for the lowest 72-hole score, returns this week to Benton Harbor, Michigan, for the PGA TOUR Champions’ second major of the season. The previous mark was 268, set by Sam Snead in 1973. Mediate also broke the record for the lowest 36- and 54-hole scores as he went wire-to-wire. Mediate led all players with the fewest putts – 105 in four rounds.

Montgomerie finished 3 shots behind the Mediate in 2016 with Langer and Brandt Jobe another three shots back.

“I did nothing wrong,” Montgomerie said. “(I) went out and shot 67. All credit to Rocco. He shot 66. And you can’t knock it.

“Level 67s around here in the wind isn’t all bad. I’ve just got to congratulate Rocco and go home and come back again and see if we can win this again.”

Montgomerie will get another shot at Harbor Shores this week.

“It just turned out really cool,” Mediate said. “I didn’t know I shot 66. I didn’t know what I shot today. But when I added it up, I went ‘Holy!’ A lot of great things happened and I don’t believe I’m sitting here. I really don’t.

“I’ve said that about eight or nine times in my career, that’s about it. Every time you’re like, I can’t believe that I was the low score this week. My wife told me it was going to happen, but you know I don’t believe everybody.”

Langer, who won the Senior PGA Championship in 2017, and Steve Stricker, the top two players in the Charles Schwab Cup points race, are not in the field this week.

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