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Mediate finishes 19th in Open

| Monday, July 21, 2008

Greensburg native Rocco Mediate, who led the British Open after the first round, shot a 76 on Sunday, tying him for 19th with a 19-over-par 294. He earned $75,485 for his showing.

• Take this as either a consolation prize or more torment. Greg Norman has an offer to return to the Masters, which invites the top four players and ties from the British Open.

"Time out," Norman said, motioning with his hands. "I've got a lot of water to go over the dam to get to that."

• Steve Stricker made the most out of narrowly making the cut. Stricker, who was 11th in the Ryder Cup standings, went 71-73 on the weekend and tied for seventh. That was worth 387 points and moved him up to No. 9. The top nine after the PGA Championship in two weeks qualify for the team because Tiger Woods isn't playing. Jim Furyk earned 719 points for his tie for fifth, moving him closer to clinching a spot at No. 5.

• Phil Mickelson was merely an afterthought at Royal Birkdale, a strange sensation considering he's the No. 2 player in the world and the highest-ranked player at this major. Mickelson birdied two of his last four holes to close with a 71, putting him at 14-over for the week. His only success was a 68 in the second round to make the cut. He tied for 19th, one week after he tied for 38th in the Scottish Open.


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78 -- Shots tournament favorite Sergio Garcia took in the final round. He tied for 51st -- the worst finish of his career when he completes four rounds at the British Open.

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