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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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


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Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.