Veteran PGA Tour player Rocco Mediate told Golf Channel that he was a "regular alcoholic" and that he sometimes drank during competition rounds.

Mediate, who now plays on the PGA Tour champions and is probably best known for his loss to Tiger Woods in the 2008 US Open playoffs, has had back problems during his career and the has seen as one of the reasons for his alcohol problem.

Until he stopped drinking in October 2017, Rocco Mediate told Golf Channel that he sometimes drank during the competitive rounds. David Berding / Icon Sportswire

"Absolutely I have [played while drinking], & # 39; & # 39; he said during a Golf Channel teaching program. "Because it was just normal for me – it was just a daily ritual, let's say – you can put it in a lot of places, many places, and every time. No, but most of the time when the pain has come in, it's not going to happen.

Mediate, 56, has won six times on the PGA Tour, his first win in 1991. He has added three more titles on the championship circuit for players 50 and older. Mediate said that he had stopped drinking in October 2017.

"I could not tell you this since last October, years ago, a day when I went for a drink," said Mediate. "I know that at that time, it would eventually reach me."

Mediate, who is most closely associated with Woods because of his near-accident at Torrey Pines in 2008, said his own difficulties had allowed him to better understand the problem as a result of a merger operation. Spine in April 2017. In May of this year Woods was cited for impaired driving for several prescription drugs.

"When that happened, I went," Mm-hmm, yeah, I just did not get caught, "Mediate said. "But when it comes to this type of pain, you will do everything you need to be able to go," Oh, it's better. "

Mediate had a bad year on the course in 2017 and decided later in the year, with the help of his wife, Jessica, to stop drinking.

"In fact, I did not know what I was going to feel," he said. "I was hoping I did not need it, I did not need alcohol, I just wanted it, I liked it, as simple as that, if I woke up and that I said to myself, "Oh, my God," we have serious problems called rehabilitation, we did not want to have to, I had a little headache for about four hours and that was the end Done. & # 39; & # 39;