Mediate, a 45-year-old Pennsylvanian of Italian heritage, held a one-stroke lead over Tiger Woods during the fourth round Sunday. Miller said Mediate looks like the guy who cleans Tigers swimming pool. He also said, Guys with the name Rocco dont get on the trophy, do they?
I apologize to anyone who was offended by my remarks, Miller said in a statement Friday through NBC. My intention was to convey my affection and admiration for Roccos everyman qualities and had absolutely nothing to do with his ethnicity. I chose my words poorly and in the future will be more careful.
Woods beat Mediate in a playoff that lasted 19 holes for his third U.S. Open title.