Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 5, 2013, 6:23 pm

''It's unfortunate. There was a lot of effort put in to rectify the situation. A number of factors contributed, Mother Nature being the biggest. But you know our standard. They deserve good greens, and we didn't produce good greens. And we'll make sure that never happens again.'' – Wells Fargo tournament director Kym Hougham, not hiding his disappointment over the Quail Hollow greens. The greens on Nos. 8 and 10 had to be replaced by sod just last week and were played under a local rule of lift, clean and place all week.

''You can't lie about it – the greens are shaky. There is still a hole out there. Someone's going to have to make putts this week. Someone's going to win the golf tournament. They're still giving out a trophy and a jacket at the end of Sunday.'' – Wells Fargo defending champion Rickie Fowler, one of the players with a more positive attitude about Quail Hollow’s patchy greens. On four greens, the players were asked to only hit one shot in the practice rounds and limit their putting to alleviate any extra stress.

''I'm trying to see how many bounces it takes to get to the hole. That was 22 for a 33-foot putt.''Robert Allenby, on the Quail Hollow practice green before the start of the tournament, describing his peculiar training technique to prepare for the Wells Fargo Championship. Multiple players withdrew after seeing the state of the greens.

'He couldn’t have putted it. Well, he could have, but he wouldn’t have made it.' – Greg Hearmon, Sergio Garcia’s caddie, on Garcia’s chip-in from on the green with a 52-degree wedge in the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship. Some believed the move was a silent yet visual protest to the state of Quail Hollow’s greens.

'It's not a violation of the Doping Code for you to use deer antler spray. Now, however, if you read the WADA language, next Wednesday, if we get a test and there is a level set and we test for it but we'll be very aggressive in letting people know when that test comes around.' – PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, after announcing that the doping case against Vijay Singh had been dropped. Singh withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship after the decision was announced.

'I hope they would respond in a respectful way. We've got a lot of personalities out on Tour, so I know if it happened, I would hope that everyone would not do anything to make the person feel bad or to put them down. That's the way I think of our Tour. Our Tour is a place where guys know each other and see each other every week. It's different than the NBA. You've got your one small team, but the Tour is kind of like a big family.'Webb Simpson, on the possibility of a player coming out as openly gay on the PGA Tour, in response to NBA player Jason Collins announcing he was gay, becoming the first in North America’s big four team sports to come out publicly.

'There was quite a lot of hoopla going on around me for the first couple of months of the year. But once that settled down, it let me focus on what I need to, which is playing golf.'Rory McIlroy, acknowledging his early-season struggles after a second-round 71 that put him in contention at the Wells Fargo Championship. He ultimately finished T-10.

'I think that the greens are putting very, very good, obviously, because I've putted them well.' – Phil Mickelson, with his famous Cheshire cat grin, after a second-round 67 that put him in the lead at Quail Hollow, where the patchy greens were the storyline all week. Through the first two rounds, Mickelson was 31 for 31 on putts inside 10 feet.

'Nobody's more surprised than I am. Have you seen my resume this year?'Scott Gardiner, after a 70-67 put him in the Wells Fargo mix heading into the weekend. The Aussie had failed to make the cut in each of his last eight PGA Tour starts, failing to cash a check since early February.

'I don't support the belly putter. I think it's bad for the game of golf.'Padraig Harrington, who, in the ultimate ironic twist, switched to the anchored putter for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship. That didn't pan out so well, however, because he opened in 80 at Quail Hollow.

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Highlights: Woods shoots Saturday 69 at API

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 8:40 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies Sunday, including one at the home hole, to shoot 3-under 69 and move to 7 under par for the week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

When he walked off the golf course, he was four off the 11-under pace set by Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau, all of whom were still on the course.

"I'm going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, and probably get a little bit of help," Woods told Golf Channel's Steve Sands in a post-round interview. "But my responsibility is to go out there and shoot a low one first."

Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

Woods would drop one more shot coming in when his ball fried in the front bunker at 17, leading to a bogey, but this closing birdie at 18, his sixth of the day, got him into the clubhouse 3 under for the round and 7 under for the week. It also elicited a rare straight-down fist pump.

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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

It was a 3-under 69 on Saturday for Tiger Woods for a 7-under total through three rounds. We tracked him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.