Roccos return to Torrey


SAN DIEGO – Seems like a lifetime ago that Rocco Mediate and Tiger Woods were trading blows on this same sun-splashed slice of Southern California, one on his way to a historic victory and the other bound for one of the game’s most endearing consolation prizes.

Some 19 months removed from that 2008 U.S. Open, however, Mediate returns to a much different world. Woods is on a self-imposed hiatus from golf and everybody’s favorite everyman is finally healthy and confident thanks to some time with putting guru Dave Stockton Sr.

On Tuesday Mediate was asked what he thought player reaction would be when the world No. 1 finally returns and one of the game’s best quotes didn’t disappoint.

“It’s going to be a bit dicey at first,” he said. “It’s going to be tough on him, but I know whatever problem he has . . . he’ll fix it. If it’s broke, he’ll fix it.”