Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 30, 2012, 6:53 pm

'We really don’t have room for guys to play five (sessions). We don’t have enough basketballs for this team.' – Davis Love III, on making the tough call of when to sit players during the Ryder Cup.

'Oh baby, I wish I could go 36 (holes) more.' – Keegan Bradley, after getting two points for the U.S. in the first two sessions of the Ryder Cup in his pairing with Phil Mickelson. The Americans led the Europeans 5-3 after Day 1.

'The more pressure the situation, the better he plays; the better he sees the shot; the better he focuses; and the better the result, and there's no more pressure situation, no higher pressure situation than the Ryder Cup.' – Phil Mickelson, on his playing partner Keegan Bradley who was undoubtedly the MVP for the Americans on Friday of the Ryder Cup.

'On 18, when somebody like Tiger Woods looks at you and goes, 'Great playing, man,' you understand you've done something pretty good.' – Nicolas Colsaerts, who made eight birdies and an eagle in defeating Woods and Stricker 1 up in fourball on the first day of the Ryder Cup.

'I’m pretty calm and cool out there. He might be borderline dead but I think it’s a good thing.'– Zach Johnson, on his partner Jason Dufner’s demeanor while on the course. Johnson and Dufner won two of their three matches while paired during the Ryder Cup.

'When Tiger is on, he’s on, and he’s very impressive, but when he’s not, he’s not. It’s a brave captain to leave him out.' – Ian Poulter, on Davis Love’s decision to send the Tiger Woods-Steve Strickerpairing back out in the afternoon session after losing to Poulter and Justin Rose, 2 and 1, in the opening session Friday.

'It was tough. We’re in Chicago. They had a few drinks today, and they weren’t making it easy for you, I’ll be honest. It was brutal.' – Poulter, on the pro-American crowd at Medinah Country Club.

'We’re going to have to agree to disagree.' – Jim Furyk, to Graeme McDowell, after objecting to McDowell’s request for relief from a sprinkler head on the second hole in Friday's first session. Rules officials agreed with Furyk, but McDowell and Rory McIlroy eventually beat Furyk and Brandt Snedeker 1 up.

'I have to be careful how I drive the buggy. I don’t want to get fined like I did when I was going from Augusta to Hilton Head.' – European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, poking a little fun at himself when asked about how he will monitor the Ryder Cup matches from his golf cart. Olazabal was stopped for speeding this year after The Masters going 97 mph in a 65-mph zone.

'I think the Ryder Cup should build a statue for him.' – Olazabal, on Ian Poulter’s clutch play on Saturday that kept the Euros within striking distance heading to the singles matches.

'The Ryder Cup is all about pingpong, everybody.' – Bubba Watson, joking about the widely publicized table tennis matches that take place in the U.S. locker room. Captain Love had three tables brought in before the start of the Ryder Cup.

'I’m not young anymore. I’m one of the older guys. It’s nice to get a little bit of rest.' – Tiger Woods, on the decision to have him sit out a session for the first time in his Ryder Cup career.

'It’s hard to believe Tiger hasn’t gotten a point pairing up with Stricker. They make a great team. But we’ve got 12 really good players.' – Matt Kuchar, on the pairing of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker not winning a point during the Ryder Cup.

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Watch that time Tiger throttled Ames, 9 and 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 4:54 pm

Nine and eight. Three words that live in golf lore. Just say them and any golf fan can tell you what they mean.

In the 2006 WGC-Match Play, Tiger Woods faced Stephen Ames in the opening round. Ames, when asked prior to the event about his chance of winning, infamously said, "Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting it."

What happened on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at La Coasta Resort & Spa, was the most lopsided result in tournament history: 9 and 8 Check out the highlights below:

After his win, Woods was asked if Ames' comment had motivated him. Woods replied, "9 and 8."

Woods eventually lost, 1 up, to Chad Campbell in the third round. He then won his next start at Doral and went on to finish the season with six consecutive Tour wins, including The Open and PGA. He also won his first start in 2007 to make it seven consecutive Tour titles.

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Schedule change, caddie change for Casey at Match Play

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 4:12 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Paul Casey originally planned to skip the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, opting for two weeks off before the Masters.

Those plans changed when he removed the Arnold Palmer Invitational from his schedule and returned home to England last week to attend the funeral of a family friend. That adjustment also prompted a caddie change this week, with Scott Vail stepping in for the Englishman’s normal caddie, John McLaren.

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“We looked at tickets and it just didn't make sense for Johnny to fly back. We try and base our schedule around playing the best golf possible, but also having quality family time,” Casey said on Tuesday at Austin Country Club. “For Johnny to break up a nice three-week break with his family, there was no point to ruining that.”

This isn’t the first time Casey, who won the Valspar Championship two weeks ago, has needed a replacement caddie. At last year’s Travelers Championship, McLaren took a similar break and was replaced on the bag by Shannon Wallace. Although it’s not uncommon for caddies to take a week off, McLaren does have one stipulation.

“The only rule we have is that if Johnny is not going to work, he picks my caddie. So he picked the caddie,” said Casey, who is 20-12-1 in 12 starts at the Match Play and has advanced to the championship match twice.

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Westchester selected to host 2021 U.S. Women's Am

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 3:20 pm

The USGA announced Tuesday that Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., has been selected to host the 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur. The tournament will be held Aug. 2-8, 2021.

The club's West Course first hosted the event in 1923, and it boasts a storied history of professional tournaments as well. The PGA Tour hosted the Westchester Classic, later known as the Buick Classic and eventually The Barclays, at Westchester from 1967-2007, including the first-ever FedExCup playoff event, won by Steve Stricker in 2007.

The course was also the site of the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, won by Fred Couples, and the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Inbee Park.

"The USGA is thrilled to bring the U.S. Women's Amateur to Westchester Country Club for the second time," Stuart Francis, USGA championship committee chairman, said in a release. "One of the USGA's three oldest championships, the Women's Amateur consistently identifies the world's top female players, and we are confident Westchester will provide the ultimate test for the championship's 121st playing."

First held in 1895, the Women's Amateur is open to players with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 5.4. Sophia Schubert won last year's event at San Diego Country Club, while this year's tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

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Stock Watch: Park rises again, under the radar

By Ryan LavnerMarch 20, 2018, 12:48 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Rory (+10%): The massive drives, the fist pumps, the unmistakable strut – McIlroy finally found the spark that he needed to play confident, aggressive golf. Bring on Augusta and his shot at history.

Tiger (+7%): It was another forgettable end to a final round, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture: Five events into his comeback, Woods has now carded 10 consecutive rounds of par or better – all on tough tracks – and can be viewed as a legitimate threat at the Masters. Remarkable, really.

Inbee Park (+5%): Fighting injuries and questioning whether she should retire, the Queen ‘Bee routed a top field in just her second start back. Stud.

Bryson (+3%): When The Machine operates properly, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the world. Yes, he’s still painfully slow, but there’s no denying his talent – his runner-up against a star-studded field should help him tremendously.

Laura Davies (+2%): Fifty-four years old and nursing an Achilles injury, she turned back the clock with one of the coolest performances of the young season, on any tour. She’s still got tons of game.


Henrik Stenson (-1%): Maybe he’s just destined to go winless at Bay Hill. In the past four years, he’s had three excellent chances to win there and came away empty-handed each time.

Rickie (-2%): Hanging near the lead, Fowler closed his third round bogey-double, then shot 74 in the final round to drop out of the top 10. Sigh.  

P-Reed (-3%): His whiny protest to a rules official about a free drop – “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth” – got even juicier when the Ryder Cup partners were drawn in the same group at the Match Play. Get your popcorn ready.

Ted Potter Jr. (-5%): His impressive victory at Pebble Beach over DJ, Phil and J-Day is looking more and more like a fluke each week. He’s now missed four consecutive cuts.

Fan behavior (-7%): Another week, another player complaining about increasingly hostile spectators. The Tour has (frustratingly) remained quiet on the issue, but the tipping point will come when one of these dopes affects the outcome on the 72nd hole.