Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 12, 2013, 3:33 pm

“I wouldn’t say that he didn’t see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit. Right as I was in the top of the backswing, I think he must have pulled like a 5-wood or a 3-wood and obviously everybody started screaming. So that didn’t help very much. It’s unfortunate.”Sergio Garcia, blaming Tiger Woods after blocking a shot from the second fairway deep into the right trees during the third round of The Players. The comment ignited a war of words through the media and made an already frosty relationship that much colder.

“Well, the marshal told me (Sergio) already hit so I pulled a club and was ready to play my shot. Then I heard his comments afterward, and it’s not real surprising that he’s complaining about something.” – Woods, responding to Garcia’s accusations. 

“I’m not going to lie, he’s not my favorite guy to play with. He’s not the nicest guy on Tour.” – Garcia, getting in one last shot at Woods after finishing the third round, which was suspended because of darkness, on Sunday morning. When asked about not playing with Woods in the final round, Garcia responded, “I think it’s good for both of us. We don’t enjoy each other’s company. You don’t need to be a rocket engineer to figure that out.”

“We didn’t do a lot of talking.” – Woods, when asked if he ever spoke directly to Garcia about the incident.

“I said, ‘Hey, Dad, I just made $1,800,’ and he hung up on me.”Fred Couples, on his dad’s reaction when he impulsively turned pro and skipped his senior year at the University of Houston to play in the Queen Mary Open, a regional professional event at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, Calif. He called his parents after the tournament with the news.

“The seven in a row was like a conveyor belt, in many ways. I couldn't get off it. I was going to say a treadmill, but I've never been on that.” – Colin Montgomerie, on the eight Order of Merits he won on the European tour, including seven in a row from 1993-99.

“I vote on the basis of who’s worthy, and there’s always majors in it for me. He won’t be remembered for the Ryder Cup when he’s dead and buried. It will just be something that happened in a Ryder Cup. I understand he has a fantastic record and is a great player, but he should have won majors.” – Two-time major champion Tony Jacklin, to the Florida Times-Union, on Montgomerie’s Hall of Fame induction.

“At that time, I didn't have a manager, or an agent, or a lawyer, or a chef, or a masseuse, or a trainer, or a cellphone, or anyone to call. I made what was probably, at the time, the dumbest decision I ever made. Turned out to be the greatest decision.” – Couples, again, on his decision to turn pro.

“I think everybody is just kind of in shock. Anytime you tell someone if they don’t already know, everybody just can’t believe it. It seemed like the Tour did everything they could to protect him. It seems like the opposite of what the suit claims.”Bob Estes, on Vijay Singh’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

“The biggest disappointment of the day was on the first tee because (the announcer) didn’t announce me as the Masters champion.”Adam Scott, after he was introduced as the 2004 Players champion before Thursday’s first round of The Players Championship.

“We were talking about his girlfriend, Caroline. I was asking a bunch of questions about her, just because my daughter and my wife are into tennis. Yeah, I don’t care about Rory, I was asking about Caroline.”Steve Stricker, on what he talked about with playing-partner Rory McIlroy during the first round of The Players. McIlroy’s girlfriend is tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

“The cut streak means nothing. You don’t get a gold star at the end of the day or a gold medal or a million dollars for having the longest cut streak. It means diddly squat.”Billy Horschel, after his cut streak ended at The Players Championship after having made 23 consecutive cuts.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm