The New Zealand Open in Queenstown has received a boost with news that colourful United States Champions Tour golfer Rocco Mediate will join the field next year.
Mediate, best known for his playoff loss to Tiger Woods in the 2008 US Open, won "rookie of the year" title for his first year on the Champions Tour in 2013.
The American won his first Champions Tour event in February and added a second later in the year. His Champions Tour winnings in his debut year totalled US$1.3 million (NZ$1.58m).
Mediate has career earnings of US$16.6 million, having won six times on the PGA Tour and now twice on the Champions Tour.
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