...By Bill Dwyre in the L.A. Times, writing about Rocco's determination to play Riviera this week and about his incredible start.
Thursday, Mediate teed off quietly, walked slowly around the Riviera course while managing a one-under-oar 70. Friday, he walked it again and turned in a three-under 68.
The good news, for Mediate, is that he made the cut at four under and will play two more rounds today and Sunday.
The bad news, for his physical therapist and surgeon, is that Mediate made the cut and will play two more rounds today and Sunday.
Only 18 days ago, after he dragged the knee around the Sunday round of the FBR Open in Scottsdale on Feb. 1, Mediate had surgery done by Dr. Tom Knapp of the Santa Monica Orthopedic Group. Immediately thereafter, his physical therapist, Cindy Hilfman, took over.
The goal was to get him ready to play at Riviera, his "favorite track," according to Hilfman.
Asked Friday what it would have taken to keep him out of this tournament, Mediate said, "Death."