They said it: Best quotes from Masters Day 1

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 6, 2017, 11:48 pm

The first day of the Masters is in the books, and with it came a touching tribute to Arnold Palmer, some blustery conditions that led to high scores and the jitters that show up at the year's first major no matter how many times the world's best have played it. Here's some of the best quotes from Round 1 at Augusta National, where Charley Hoffman leads by four strokes.

“I could’ve accepted 5 at the last, but a little ticked off about making 6. Other than that, it’s a decent day… you’re not going to try to squeeze much out of the round today.” – Rickie Fowler

“I’m going to probably need to play something under par tomorrow, which puts a little extra bit of pressure that I wouldn’t have put on tomorrow, because I was thinking even par for the two days was a good score,” – Jordan Spieth

“I’m kind of a linksy, I wouldn’t say a specialist, but I like to play linksy golf and I kind of played the same shots today. The greens were quite receptive because of the rain, so you could play that low shot. Normally, Augusta National doesn’t receive that low shot, but today it did,” – Ernie Els

“It’s what I’ve been doing for eight years, playing professional golf and playing golf tournaments. I’d like to think this is just another one. That’s a little naïve.” – Billy Hurley III

“Typically I show up right around the teeing area five minutes before…but I did it a little different this time because I wanted to soak in the experience, being first off and knowing that Jack and Gary were going to be there.

“I had the goosebumps thinking about Jack. He could barely see the golf ball, he was in tears, and when he hit his shot he still striped it right down the middle. But at the end of the day, no matter how nervous we are on the biggest stage, it's all about relationships. And you could feel Jack Nicklaus' love for Arnold Palmer in that moment.” – Daniel Summerhays

“Sometimes you just got to man up out there and hit the shot. I was able to do that there on 11, and get through 12, making a good par.” – Kevin Chappell

“Those gusts an hour ago were as big as I’ve ever played in. Felt like British Open gusts. So hopefully it keeps gusting like hell.” – Kevin Kisner

“I can remember Friday of ’07 with the cold and that stands out to me as the hardest day here. I think we’re really lucky we had a little rain overnight because if the greens were firm like they were in ’07, I don’t know how we would have played today.” – Adam Scott

“It’s tough conditions out there and it’s just getting worse as the day goes on, so I’m happy I’m done.” – Larry Mize

“This being my fourth one, I feel comfortable, as comfortable as you can feel and just really feel like I’m enjoying it, enjoying the challenge. It's a very unique course, you don’t play another one like it the whole year.” – Russell Henley

“We had some good upbeat stories from a few of the older players, Jack and obviously Gary Player speaks very well. So it was all very upbeat and we all enjoyed it.  And we'll miss (Arnold Palmer), but he'll always be remembered.” – Sandy Lyle

“It was hard. It was windy. I’ve never seen it like this. You have to putt well. To shoot even par was a really good score.” – Fred Couples

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.