Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 3, 2012, 5:50 pm

'It was like a movie. We actually had to get some furniture out of the (clubhouse) pools. We were making the place presentable.' – AT&T National tournament director Greg McLaughlin, on the damage to Congressional Country Club cause by a nasty storm that delayed play and forced spectators off the course on Saturday.

'It’s just too dangerous out here. There are a lot of hanging limbs and a lot of debris. I’ve never seen anything like it. That’s a drastic decision not to let fans out, but it’s in their best interest.' – Mark Russell, PGA Tour’s vice president of rules and competitions, on the decision to keep fans off the course due to damage from the storm during the third round of the AT&T National.

'Luckily, I had ironed my clothes the night before.' – Adam Scott, after oversleeping and arriving just seven minutes before his 8:20 tee time on Thursday at Congressional.

'A little retribution for last year. And I wasn’t even there last year.' – Tiger Woods, on the difficult conditions during the AT&T National at Congressional, after weather allowed record scoring during last years U.S. Open at the same venue.

'I think that any time that we as an American public take time to pause and remember, reflect and honor the military, it's a great thing. I think there's certainly a mental toughness I learned from the Navy and the Naval Academy that translates well into golf, but the pressures and the life are very different.' – Billy Hurley III, who served five years in the Navy before becoming a professional golfer.

'They've got to be the fastest greens I've ever putted on. I don't know, maybe the same speed as Olympic a couple weeks ago.' – Amateur Beau Hossler, 17, on the tough conditions at Congressional this week.

'It's just funny how we classify 'funk.' Here's a player who has only played 10 times, won three times and she's finished top-10 eight times. That's really good. That's what I told her.' – Annika Sorenstam, on the advice she offered world No. 1 Yani Tseng during her recent slump.

'Now I can start lobbying (Couples) to be an assistant for his team if I don't make it next time, because I've been looked over twice already.' – Davis Love III, after announcing Fred Couples as his captain for the Ryder Cup.

'I love the Open Championship. I had a blast last year, and I would love to go back next year. Hopefully I'll have a lot more opportunities to go play the Open Championship, and this might be our last child, so I don't want to miss it.' – U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, on his decision to skip the British Open for the birth of his child.

''I'd play two golf balls, and you always had to hit the worst shot. So if you hit a great drive, you had to hit the next drive great, too. The best score I remember playing ('worst ball') was 72. So, it really makes you concentrate.'' – Greg Norman, on his old practice habits. Norman competed in the Senior Players Championship this week, his first event on the Champions Tour since 2009.

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Rose: 'Never' has Rory putted as well as Bay Hill

By Ryan LavnerMarch 19, 2018, 1:20 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Justin Rose didn’t need to ponder the question for very long.

The last time Rory McIlroy putted that well was, well …?

“Never,” Rose said with a chuckle. “Ryder Cup? He always makes it look easy when he’s playing well.”

And the Englishman did well just to try and keep pace.

After playing his first six holes in 4 over par, Rose battled not just to make the cut but to contend. He closed with consecutive rounds of 67, finishing in solo third, four shots back of McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Rose said this weekend was the best he’s struck the ball all year. He just didn’t do enough to overtake McIlroy, who finished the week ranked first in strokes gained-putting and closed with a bogey-free 64.

“Rory just played incredible golf, and it’s great to see world-class players do that,” Rose said. “It’s not great to see him make putts because he was making them against me, but when he is, he’s incredibly hard to beat. So it was fun to watch him play.”

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Rory almost channels Tiger with 72nd-hole celebration

By Ryan LavnerMarch 19, 2018, 1:11 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy’s final putt at the Arnold Palmer Invitational felt awfully familiar.

He rolled in the 25-footer for birdie and wildly pumped his fist, immediately calling to mind Woods’ heroics on Bay Hill’s 18th green.

Three times Woods holed a putt on the final green to win this event by a stroke.

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McIlroy was just happy to provide a little extra cushion as the final group played the finishing hole.

“I’ve seen Tiger do that enough times to know what it does,” McIlroy said. “So I just wanted to try and emulate that. I didn’t quite give it the hat toss – I was thinking about doing that. But to be able to create my own little bit of history on the 18th green here is pretty special.”

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McIlroy remembers Arnie dinner: He liked A-1 sauce on fish

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 1:06 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Fresh off a stirring victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rory McIlroy offered a pair of culinary factoids about two of the game’s biggest names.

McIlroy regretted not being able to shake Palmer’s hand behind the 18th green after capping a three-shot win with a Sunday 64, but with the trophy in hand he reflected back on a meal he shared with Palmer at Bay Hill back in 2015, the year before Palmer passed away.

“I knew that he liked A-1 sauce on his fish, which was quite strange,” McIlroy said. “I remember him asking the server, ‘Can I get some A-1 sauce?’ And the server said, ‘For your fish, Mr. Palmer?’ He said, ‘No, for me.’”

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A few minutes later, McIlroy revealed that he is also a frequent diner at The Woods Jupiter, the South Florida restaurant launched by Tiger Woods. In fact, McIlroy explained that he goes to the restaurant every Wednesday with his parents – that is, when he’s not spanning the globe winning golf tournaments.

Having surveyed the menu a few times, he considers himself a fan.

“It’s good. He seems pretty hands-on with it,” McIlroy said. “Tuna wontons are good, the lamb lollipops are good. I recommend it.”

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DeChambeau comes up short: 'Hat’s off to Rory'

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 12:48 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Amid a leaderboard chock full of big names and major winners, the person that came closest to catching Rory McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational turned out to by Bryson DeChambeau.

While Henrik Stenson faltered and Justin Rose stalled out, it was DeChambeau that gave chase to McIlroy coming down the stretch at Bay Hill. Birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 were followed by an eagle out of the rough on No. 16, which brought him to within one shot of the lead.

But as DeChambeau surveyed his birdie putt from the fringe on the penultimate hole, McIlroy put an effective end to the proceedings with a closing birdie of his own to polish off a round of 64. DeChambeau needed a hole-out eagle on No. 18 to force a playoff, and instead made bogey.

That bogey ultimately didn’t have an effect on the final standings, as DeChambeau finished alone in second place at 15 under, three shots behind McIlroy after shooting a 4-under 68.

“I thought 15 under for sure would win today,” DeChambeau said. “Rory obviously played some incredible golf. I don’t know what he did on the last nine, but it was deep. I know that.”

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DeChambeau will collect $961,000 for his performance this week in Orlando, just $47,000 less than he got for winning the John Deere Classic in July. While he would have preferred to take McIlroy’s spot in the winner’s circle, DeChambeau was pleased with his effort in Sunday’s final pairing as he sets his sights on a return to the Masters.

“For him to shoot 64 in the final round, that’s just, hat’s off to him, literally. I can’t do anything about that,” DeChambeau said. “I played some great golf, had some great up-and-downs, made a couple key putts coming down the stretch, and there’s not really much more I can do about it. My hat’s off to Rory, and he played fantastic.”