Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 4, 2012, 4:47 pm

'I’m going to tell you something: If (McIlroy) doesn’t come and play Bay Hill, he might have a broken arm and he won’t have to worry about where he’s going to play next.' – Arnold Palmer, joking on 'Morning Drive' about Rory McIlroy not playing the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational. McIlroy has never played the tournament.

'I'm excited. I'm really happy to become the youngest player at the Masters and look forward to going there. I don't know what's going to happen there, but I know I just want to do well.' – Tianlang Guan, 14, after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and an invitation to The Masters in the process.

'It's just so nice to get my hands on another trophy.'Ian Poulter, after rallying from a four-stroke deficit Sunday in China to win the WGC-HSBC Champions.

'I was tired and doing these things are easy. Competing and getting ready for another golf tournament, I just didn't want to do that.'Tiger Woods, on his decision to skip the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, opting instead to hold a putting clinic for a select group of junior golfers in Singapore.

''Things are progressing nicely. Last year I was 127th on the money list, this year I was second. So I think that's a pretty good improvement in a year. And given that I'm healthy, I'm really looking forward to next year.'' – Woods, while at the putting clinic, assessing his season during which he won three times on the PGA Tour.

'Of course we’re disappointed not to have the two top players in the world. Both have sent me apologies, but this is an event which should be regarded by all players as it is by the tours and the media as one of the top events in the world.' – Giles Morgan, head of sponsorship at HSBC, who was not pleased with the decision by both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to skip this week's WGG-HSBC Champions.

'I’m going to do whatever I have to do to protect myself and the other players on Tour.'Keegan Bradley, reacting to early reports that golf's governing bodies will ban anchored putters. Other players, such as Carl Pettersson, have already threatened legal action over the potential ban.

'Ive played at a high level with both styles of putting. If you look at the stats this year, it doesn’t say I’m putting that much better, but I enjoy playing golf with the long one.'Adam Scott, commenting on the ongoing long putter debate. He maintains that no one has yet to give him a good reason to outlaw the putting style.

'My mechanic who just started with me two months ago had the levee break near his house and watched his two cars float down the street. People lost their houses. I grew up at the Jersey Shore. It’s gone. We lose a couple of trees and it’s not life or death. We’ll get through it.' –  Frank Tichenor, golf course superintendent at Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, N.J., on Hurricane Sandy's impact on the golf course compared to to the rest of the area.

'When the Hurricane Preparedness Plan was given to me, I was kind of shocked. I’m in New Jersey, what the heck do I need a Hurricane Preparedness Plan for? Well, now we’ve experienced two of them in the last two years.' – Dan Guinle, general manager of Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, N.J. The course is up and running after Hurricane Sandy ravaged most of the Northeast due to a plan implemented by Billy Casper Golf, which owns 25 courses in the region.

'He's not going to want to miss any of them. He won't want to miss the last two rounds here, let's be honest. Hopefully he's OK, but knowing him he'd have to be pretty bad not to play.' – Graeme McDowell's manager Conor Ridge, commenting on the possibility of McDowell withdrawing from the WGC-HSBC due to a freak accident in which he caught his hand in a hotel door this week in China. The Ulsterman later tweeted that his hand was only bruised, not broken, and he finished the tournament.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

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Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

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Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.

PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

The statement reads:

The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Web.com Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.