The Augusta Golf Show Blog: Being Unprofessional

Rocco MediateWe’re not supposed to have a favorite, we’re not supposed to root for someone to win.  As a broadcaster its unprofessional, as a human being I find it sometimes, impossible.

Sunday was one of those days, out in the California desert, at the Humana Classic, Erik Compton entered the final round tied for the lead.  You’re probably familiar with Erik’s story by now, he’s a DOUBLE heart transplant recipient, a winner on the tour, but never on the PGA Tour, his best finish coming at last year’s US Open at Pinehurst when he tied for second, well behind Martin Kaymer.  Early Sunday afternoon Erik had the lead all to himself after a birdie on the first hole, but it was not to be….too many pars and a couple of bogies on a day when birdies were plentiful.  In the end, Bill Haas won, and Erik hopefully learned from the experience so that the next time he’s in that spot, well, you never know, and that would be quite a story

Later in the day, I was rooting for Rocco Mediate in the opening event of the 2015 Champions Tour….Rocco was on my web show late year when he divulged that 2014 had been a very difficult year….one of his best friends he discovered, had stolen most of his money.  This happens all too often with people in Rocco’s position, but what I remember from the conversation was his attitude.  He was excited about getting it behind him and he was nothing but positive about the upcoming year.  To quote Rocco, “I can always go out and make more money, that’s easy, good friends are hard to come by”.  He is admittedly now, guarded, very guarded, but he’s also embolded by the new year, and Sunday, he came very close to winning right out of the box.  A flurry of missed short putts put an end to the run and in the end, Miguel Angel Jimenez came from behind to win the event, but Rocco, like Erik was close, here’s to both of them raising the trophy soon, because they’re both already big winners.

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