"Prepping for tourney week," he said.
But mostly just enjoying the day.
With his favorite concert soundtrack playing (Rush in 1992), Mediate dished on his top Chicago restaurant (Gene & Georgetti) and the films he has watched dozens of times — "Pulp Fiction," "Get Shorty," the "Rocky" movies and the poker flick "Rounders."
Mediate finished 600th out of 5,619 players at the 2005 World Series of Poker main event but no longer plays Texas hold 'em. He still has some gamble in him, though.
"The only way to re-create tournament conditions," he said, "is to play for money you don't have."
Wolf is Mediate's game of choice, and his stakes are not like mine — a dollar a dot. Mediate's crew is OK with five-figure swings on some holes.
As a teenager growing up near Pittsburgh, Mediate was invited to play a match at Latrobe Country Club, Arnold Palmer's home course. Mediate beat "The King" by shooting 69 and still has the winnings — a $20 bill.
"Mr. Palmer taught me it's easy to be a nice guy when you shoot 65," he said. "But can you be the same guy when you shoot 79?"
9 holes with … Rocco Mediate
Five-second bio: The gregarious six-time PGA Tour winner dueled with Tiger Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open.
Where: North Shore Country Club, Glenview (blue tees: 3,613 yards).
Event: Encompass Championship media day.
Mediate's handicap: Plus-5.
What he shot: 32.
One word to describe his game: "Efficient."