The 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course was perhaps the best major in the history of golf. The famed Tiger Woods and journeyman Rocco Mediate battled for 72 holes, then needed another 19 more on Monday to decide the tournament, with Woods toiling on an injured knee that had him wincing on almost every swing.
For most people, sharing such a moment would create a lifetime bond, except that’s not how Mediate talks about the aftermath.
In an interview with The Golf Channel’s David Feherty, Mediate says that not only have he and Woods never discussed the latter’s most recent major win, but Woods actually snubbed his request to commemorate the tournament. According to Mediate, at the 2009 Players Championship just over a year later, he sent a photo and a note asking for a personalized autograph in a manilla envelope to Woods. However, what he got back was nothing more than a generic signature, and no mention of their epic battle.
“Why wouldn’t he just go, ‘Roc, you suck, you got lucky for six days. I had a broken leg’ … just mess with me, and then sign my pin sheet so I could put the damn thing on the wall and say, ‘Almost got the guy that day,’” said Mediate. “I could go buy one of those pictures if I want one.”
Mediate says he actually threw the picture away, and otherwise hasn’t spoken with Woods. He’s just the latest colleague to accuse Woods of being less than friendly, after Sergio Garcia flatly said he doesn’t enjoy playing in the same group as Woods at this year’s Players two weeks ago.
Check out Feherty’s interview with Mediate in the video below.