Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2013, 3:01 pm

'If I have some players that are playing on the upswing, showing that they can play in the heat of competition and bad conditions, which we're going to have over there, those are the qualities I'm looking for in players.'Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, on how he will pick the U.S. players for the 2014 competition at Gleneagles.

'I don't think it's a stroke. I'm still in that camp. But the reality of the situation is this: This has been allowed to go on for X number of years, 30 years, 40 years ... so I think that's the crux of the issue. My son Michael was a very poor putter with a conventional putter. He went to a belly putter and he makes everything. He loves the game because of it. The game is fun.' – Watson, again, speaking out against the proposed ban on the anchored stroke.

'We have serious concerns on how the ban on anchoring could affect the enjoyment of the game by our amateur customers. Over the past few months, I have received dozens of letters from concerned amateurs ... these people are discouraged and frustrated that the anchoring ban will be imposed after they adopted a previously legal method of putting. Most indicate they will play less golf or quit' – PGA of America president Ted Bishop, in a letter explaining why they are opposed to the anchoring ban.

'Beautiful chip.'John Daly, after carding a 10 on the par-4 third hole at Innisbrook in the second round of the Tampa Bay Championship. His chip from 30 yards stopped a foot from the pin and was about the only thing that went right for him in what ended up being the 15th time he has made at least a 10 on the PGA Tour.

'He said he was in love with her and he was going to continue to do this so they can work it out. Once she talks to him, she will see it his way (and fall in love with him).' – Doral police chief Richard Blom, after arresting a homeless man last week at Doral after forging press credentials to get into the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The man has a history of stalking Ivanka Trump, daughter of real-estate mogul Donald Trump, and intended on speaking with the 31-year-old heiress.

'It’s OK. It will be a good release for me.'Yani Tseng, on the possibility of losing her No. 1 ranking. Tseng won the Kia Classic last March for her 15th worldwide title in 15 months. She hasn’t won anything in the last 51 weeks.

'If I ever get to No. 1, I'm going to enjoy it, because I never as a kid dreamed of being in that position. I'm not going to take it for granted.'Stacy Lewis, reigning LPGA Player of the Year, who is poised to end Tseng’s 109-week run at No. 1 as early as this Sunday.

'I have (listened to Gwen Stefani's music) in the past. More of a country guy. I've got a few wedges that have a few stamps on them from the band, No Doubt and got another one that says 'Hollaback,' the song.' – PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani, pronounced Stephanie, no relation to Gwen, on the fun he has having the same last name as the No Doubt former leading lady.

'I think it’s time for the young girls to step up and start playing well. I’m just going to play golf and see what shakes out, and I hope I don’t qualify. How about that?'Juli Inkster, 52, on the possibility of making the 2013 Solheim Cup team. Inkster holds the American records for most Solheim Cups played (9), most points scored (18½) and most matches won (15).

'Even in my offseason, I'm like, 'Can you just rest for a second?' I don't want to see the gym. I don't want to hear about the gym ... I just want to relax. He's like, 'No, but let's go to the gym.' But it's good fun. It's great that we can motivate each other.' – Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, on boyfriend Rory McIlroy’s gym habits.

'I find it fascinating, people criticize him for taking people to dinner – he should be doing that every night. They criticize him for playing golf with people who he's got to deal with. He should be doing that every weekend.' – New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, on the criticism President Obama receives for playing golf. He explained his rationale saying that playing golf with someone is a good way to build a social relationship and in turn will help a working relationship.

Watch: Fleetwood gets emotional with family after Race to Dubai win

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 19, 2017, 5:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood took home the season-long Race to Dubai title on Sunday after a T-21 finish at the DP World Tour Championship.

He was, understandably, emotional after learning his fate while sitting with his wife and baby following a career year in which he won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the French Open and finished fourth at the U.S. Open.

Luckily for us, cameras were rolling:

Matsuyama after Koepka rout: 'Huge gap between us'

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

Hideki Matsuyama offered a blunt assessment after finishing 10 shots behind Brooks Koepka at the Japan Tour's Dunlop Phoenix event.

Koepka waxed the field en route to successfully defending his title in Japan, shooting a 20-under par total that left him nine shots clear of a runner-up group that included PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele. Koepka's score was one shot off the tournament record, and his margin for victory eclipsed Tiger Woods' eight-shot romp in 2004.

Matsuyama appeared set to make a final-round charge after a birdie on No. 2 was followed by an ace on the par-3 third hole. But he played the next eight holes in 3 over and eventually finished alone in fifth place following a 2-under 69. Afterwards, he stacked his game up against that of Koepka in a telling comment to the Japan Times.

"I feel there's a huge gap between us," Matsuyama said.

The Japanese phenom entered the week ranked No. 4 in the world, though he will be passed in the next rankings by Jon Rahm following the Spaniard's win in Dubai. Matsuyama won twice this year on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but he has largely struggled since missing out on a maiden major title at the PGA Championship, where he tied for fifth.

Matsuyama was a runner-up to Koepka at the U.S. Open earlier this summer, and the 25-year-old seems headed back to the drawing board before defending his title at the Hero World Challenge in two weeks.

"I don't know whether it's a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well," Matsuyama said. "It seems there are many issues to address."

McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.

Rahm wins finale, Fleetwood takes Race to Dubai

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 1:42 pm

Jon Rahm captured the final tournament on the European Tour calendar, a result that helped Tommy Fleetwood take home the season-long Race to Dubai title.

Rahm shot a final-round 67 to finish two shots clear of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry at the DP World Tour Championship. It's the second European Tour win of the year for the Spaniard, who also captured the Irish Open and won on the PGA Tour in January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"I could not be more proud of what I've done this week," Rahm told reporters. "Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under on the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special."

But the key finish came from Justin Rose, who held the 54-hole lead in Dubai but dropped back into a tie for fourth after closing with a 70. Rose entered the week as one of only three players who could win the Race to Dubai, along with Sergio Garcia and Fleetwood, who started with a lead of around 250,000 Euros.

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With Fleetwood in the middle of the tournament pack, ultimately tying for 21st after a final-round 74, the door was open for Rose to capture the title thanks to a late charge despite playing in half the events that Fleetwood did. Rose captured both the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open, and was one round away from a two-trophy photo shoot in Dubai.

Instead, his T-4 finish meant he came up just short, as Fleetwood won the season-long race by 58,821 Euros.

The title caps a remarkable season for Fleetwood, who won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship as well as the French Open to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth-place showing at the U.S. Open.

"I find it amazing, the season starts in November, December and you get to here and you're watching the last shot of the season to decide who wins the Race to Dubai," Fleetwood said at the trophy ceremony. "But yeah, very special and something we didn't really aim for at the start of the year, but it's happened."