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Rocco Mediate wins Champions Tour event
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Rocco Mediate ran away with the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday for his second victory in 17 starts in his first Champions Tour season.
The 50-year-old Mediate, the Allianz Championship winner in February in his first Champions Tour start, closed with a 7-under 64 at tree-lined Canyon Meadows for a seven-stroke victory.
"Calgary's awesome," Mediate said. The crowd is fantastic. Monster crowds this weekend and they obviously like us being here, so we're obviously coming back for a while. I will no matter what. They showed their support big time for all of us."
Mediate opened with a 63 and had a 64 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round. The six-time PGA Tour winner finished at 22-under 191, playing the back nine in 18 under, to tie the tour record for lowest total score in a 54-hole event.
"I liked it when I saw it," Mediate said about Canyon Meadows. "It's just that you've got to drive real straight. I like that feeling, not that I drove straight all the time, but most of the time I did. You can't do anything if you don't drive straight."
Tom Byrum had a 64 to finish second. Duffy Waldorf and Kirk Triplett tied for third at 14 under. Waldorf had a 65, and Triplett shot 67.
Fred Couples shot a 67 to tie for 10th at 12 under.
"It's exciting golf, but it's hard to believe," Couples said about Mediate. "This is not a pitch and putt golf course. If you could just tone down Rocco, you'd have a hell of a tournament out there. There's about 10 guys that could win. It's a good tournament."
Bill Glasson shot a course-record 62 to also finish at 12 under.
"I needed that round," Glasson said. "I've been playing miserably, and I kind of had a good feeling, not 62 feeling, but I've been working on a couple changes."
Updated September 1, 2013
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