Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 10, 2013, 4:01 pm

''Somebody asked me, 'How did it compare to diplomacy?' And I said, 'Well, I know how to do diplomacy, I'm not so sure about the golf course.''' – Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, after the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Rice started hot but became clearly rattled after she hit a woman in the head on an errant approach shot on the sixth hole.

'It’s a lot of fun to see these guys in their element. I’ve played in celebrity tour events before where it’s all just a bunch of hacks out there, but this is fun just watching these guys in their element seeing what they’re doing and just trying to not get in their way.' – Green Bay Packers quarterback and 2011 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, enjoying his time playing with PGA Tour talent at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

'It’s totally different you get out here and the ball's just sitting still. It seems so easy but it’s not, especially when you got people watching and you’re a little out of your element and the nerves get to you.' – Detroit Tigers starting pitcher and 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, on the pressure of playing in front of a gallery at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

'Definitely at times I’ve been really enjoying myself, and at times I’ve been thinking about the game, and at times I’ve been thinking about how we can get an edge for next year. That left a pretty big bruise. But it’s a new day and we have to forge ahead.' – San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, on how he’s managing to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am less than a week after losing the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens and older brother John. Harbaugh went on to say he was 'just hitting and hoping' this week.

'I want to talk to Fred (Couples) and Bernhard (Langer) and size up if they are going to find another way (to putt) or whether they are going to pack up their tents and go home.' – John Cook, one of four player directors on the Champions Tour Policy Board, on what impact the possible ban could have on the senior tour’s bottom line since some of the most marketable stars, including Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer use the anchored stroke.

'I would certainly try (to putt) another way. It depends on what happens and we’re still in the question phase, but if I don’t enjoy the game anymore than I would stop playing.' – Langer’s response on being forced to switch back to a traditional putting stroke because of the anchor ban.

'In terms of what we did, it will probably impact his snowboarding more than his golf swing. I suspect he will probably be able to swing even better when he’s fully recovered.' – Dr. Regis Haid, Jr., on the spinal-fusion procedure and bone spurs surgery he performed on Davis Love III. Love is reportedly doing well and recovery is expected to take from six to eight weeks.

'It's not a hundred guys playing slow; it's a few guys. I know that I don't want to be one of those guys. I want to play fast ... There's a handful of guys, and unless those guys make a change, it's just going to be slow.'Hunter Mahan, on the issue of slow play on the PGA Tour. Mahan mentioned giving players strokes and taking away FedEx Cup points as possible solutions.

'Your body produces IGF-1 every day, it’s in food – meat and milk. You cannot ban a natural occurring substance.' – Mitch Ross, founder of S.W.A.T.S., the company that produces the deer-antler spray which has landed Vijay Singh in hot water. The PGA Tour’s list of banned substances is filled with naturally occurring items including IGF-1 and testosterone.

'I made myself stay there and watch because I wanted to remember that. I wanted to remember what it felt like. With everything that happened that week, we probably still should have won.'Stacy Lewis, on watching the Europeans celebrate after their stunning come-from-behind 15-13 victory at the Solheim Cup almost 18 months ago.

'I remember sitting there watching and thinking, 'Is this really happening?' It was a terrible feeling. I had never been on a team that lost.'Paula Creamer, echoing her teammate Lewis’ feelings on the American’s Solheim Cup disappointing loss. The biennial event will next be played Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club outside Denver.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.