They said it: Best quotes from Masters Day 2

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 8, 2017, 12:35 am

It was another tough day at Augusta National, but there are plenty of big storylines heading into the weekend. Here are some of the best quotes from the second round of the Masters.

“It was a really good day today at Augusta National. I'm very pleased with the second round of this Masters and we're in a position now where we, I think, can go out there and win this thing and certainly make a run.” – Jordan Spieth

“Man, I fought hard today. It was a hard, difficult day. And I'm really tired. It was obvious there in the end. I played the last five holes very poorly after a really good round. But I'm even par through two rounds. I'm four back. I'm in a good spot heading into the weekend, just feel I should be a few more ahead.” – Phil Mickelson

“Last year in the finals it was conditions similar to this, more in defense mode rather than attack. That’s a completely different mindset, trying not to make bogeys instead of going out there to make birdies. I’ll approach tomorrow with a completely different mindset.” – Rory McIlroy

“It's a lot of fun to see your name up there. Hopefully, I can go ahead and keep it up on the big leaderboards," - Rickie Fowler

“I’m trying to change a little bit on that aspect, like I said before, on accepting things. Sometimes things are going to go great and sometimes they are not going to go great. So I still have to get so much better at it. But what that shows me is that I have a lot of room for improvement, so that is something very positive,” – Sergio Garcia

“I'm a competitor, so I like to believe in myself. I like to think that I've had a lot of good finishes here, and my goal is to keep fighting with these guys…I'm not thinking winning this tournament, but I'm thinking continuing to play well and see what happens.” – Fred Couples

“I did all the hard work, hanging in there all day, and then bogeying 17 and 18 is a little soft. But I'm around for the weekend and I think that – I'm not sure what's going to happen.” – Ernie Els

“It’s an incredible feeling coming back as a Masters champion here anyway. The reception on the weekend gets better. Of course, the crowds have their favorites, like Freddie’s and Tom Watson’s and Mickelson’s, but it’s definitely a feeling out there today when I got it going that they like seeing us past champions doing well. If I can get a couple birdies early tomorrow, feed off a bit of crowd momentum, it will be a fun day,” – Adam Scott

“I can remember when I was an amateur, I can remember playing, and I couldn’t believe that I would be done in the clubhouse having a cheeseburger. The round would go by so fast. Yesterday was just such a challenging day. I was exhausted by the time I was finished.” – Matt Kuchar

“Pretty cool to get to play the weekend in your first Masters. To be in a position to be able to make a run on the weekend makes it even more special,” – William McGirt

“It would be nice if we can get given a little bit today by the golfing gods. It’d just be nice to play the weekend again. It’s an amazing place to be, especially with the weather that’s coming in. And it really would be nice to kind of make it into the weekend. We had that in our own arms but we let it slip,” – Danny Willett

“I’ve been playing great, my ball striking is great, so if I can get myself more looks and make a couple of them, I can get some more, you know, the putter going a little hotter and maybe get a good round going. You never know,” – Jon Rahm

“It’s always great to play the weekend. And on the 30th anniversary (of his win in 1987), it would be very nice to play the weekend here 30 years later,” – Larry Mize

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

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Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

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Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 12:30 pm

Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.