Rocco Mediate: All majors should have 18-hole play-offs

Rocco Mediate

Rocco Mediate, who was defeated by Tiger Woods in a play-off at the 2008 US Open, believes the USGA is wrong to tamper with the 18-hole play-off format.

The governing body released a statement yesterday to say that it, starting immediately, US Opens will be decided in a two-hole aggregate play-off in order for the tournament to conclude on the same day as the final round.

“We know how important it is for everyone in the golf world to see play conclude on the Sunday of a major championship, and to award the trophy to the champion,” said USGA executive director Mike Davis.

“After receiving input from a variety of constituents, including players, fans, volunteers, officials and our broadcast partners, it clearly came across as something that everyone valued and would benefit from.”

Rocco Mediate Tiger Woods

However, Mediate clearly isn’t one of the players who believe the championship will benefit from scrapping the 18-hole play-off. In fact, he thinks all major championships should be decided in an 18-hole play-off.

He’s speaking from experience, too, having gone toe-to-toe with Woods at Torrey Pines in a Monday play-off in 2008, where the tournament was decided in sudden death after a Woods birdie on the 19th hole.

It also raised questions that golf’s four majors continue to have four different methods of selecting a winner beyond 72 holes.

The Masters has sudden death, the US Open now has the two-hole aggregate play-off, while the US PGA Championship and Open Championship have three- and four-hole aggregate play-offs respectively.

Is the USGA right to scrap the 18-hole play-off?

What do you make of the USGA's decision to scrap the 18-hole play-off in favour of two holes? Let us know in the 'Comments' section below.

Golf News

Golf icon Renee Powell opens student halls in her name
Oliver Fisher makes European Tour history; fellow pros react
EXCLUSIVE Glasgow Golf Club captain describes "absolute devastation" over fire
Fire rips through clubhouse at Glasgow Golf Club
WATCH - This kid's reaction to his first hole-in-one is the best thing you'll see today

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
Review: Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick tips with Denis Pugh and Peter Barber See all videos right arrow

play button
Stay on top of the golf ball
Watch
play button
Tighten your dispersion
Watch
play button
The correct grip will make your swing more consistent
Watch
play button
Make your backswing steeper
Watch
See all videos right arrow