Mediate, then ranked 157th in the world, took Tiger Woods to the 91st hole at the U.S. Open.
Dan Patrick: Was there a point when you thought you were going to win the U.S. Open?
Rocco Mediate: When I made that crazy putt down the hill on 15, I really thought I could beat him. And [on the 18th] I had a putt to beat him, which is all I can ask for.
DP: How were your nerves?
RM: When I was over the putt to beat him, the 18-footer, I said to myself, "You've waited for this chance your entire life. Make sure it has speed on it." And it did. I misread it a little bit. Then all of a sudden, from having a putt to win, I went to having a putt to stay alive. I didn't want to go out on a silly three-putt.
DP: Did you wear red on purpose on Monday?
RM: No. Everybody says that. I'm figuring that Tiger wore red on Sunday; I didn't think he'd wear red two days in a row. So as soon as I got to the range, he looks at me and goes, "Nice shirt." I said, "Hey, all you have is red?" We looked like we called each other the night before the prom.
DP: Twenty years from now, what's the moment you'll tell your kids about?
RM: Standing on the 1st tee box Monday, just me and him, with 25,000 people lining the holes, playing the man that's going to go down as the best player that ever walked on grass, for the United States Open. I've told people over the last few years that, with all the injuries, I want one more chance to play against this man for something. And I got that chance. And now my new thing is, I want it again. [Laughs.]