Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 10, 2013, 3:33 pm

'I realized pretty quickly it wasn’t the right thing to do. No matter how bad I was playing, I should have stayed out there. Look, we, as in me and all you guys, are hopefully going to have a working relationship for the next 20 years, so I don’t want to jeopardize that by being closed.'Rory McIlroy, on his mid-round withdrawal at last week’s Honda Classic.

'I said to my mom walking off 15 green, 'Oh my God, I’m in red numbers.'' – McIlroy again, on carding his first under-par round of the season with a 69 on Friday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

'I don't think he's quite drawing the ball like he used to, that he wants. Maybe just a little bit defensive out there. That happens, and we have all gone through stretches like this. It happens, and it happened to him last year in the middle of the year, and ended up all right at the end of the year.'Tiger Woods, offering his thoughts on McIlroy’s early-season struggles. The world’s top-two ranked golfers played together in the first and second rounds at Doral.

'I can totally understand what he feels because not many people have been No. 1 before. Everyone wants to be in those shoes, but no one knows how tough it is.'Yani Tseng, who currently sits atop the Rolex Rankings as the women’s No. 1 player, on the pressures facing McIlroy.

'Whatever Stricks says, I want to do. That dude is one of the best putters that has ever lived.' – Woods again, who took just 23 putts in his opening round at Doral after receiving an impromptu putting lesson from Steve Stricker on the practice green Wednesday.

'I gave it a little body wiggle, and usually if you give it a little body wiggle you'll get an extra foot or two of release out of it.'Phil Mickelson, on his body language following his tee shot on the ninth hole, where he came within two feet of a hole-in-one in Round 2 at Doral.

''I saw Phil sneaking up the leaderboard there behind me and I said, 'Let's spoil this part tomorrow.' I'm sure they would have liked Tiger and Phil in the last group tomorrow.'Graeme McDowell, on spoiling the possible Woods-Mickelson final-group pairing with consecutive birdies to end the second round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

'It was a freak, freak, freak thing. It's a one-in-a-billion type of thing that happened.' – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, who was treated after he collapsed when hitting a shot from the trees during a golf outing while at spring training that caused something to strike him in the left eye. The accident left Rzepczynski with a black eye and he was still only regaining sight hours after the injury, but he was told by doctors that he is not expected to face permanent damage.

'Would I like to see the best female golfers in the world on that stage? Of course. I just figure I'll keep asking because if they ever change their mind, I'll be somewhere near the top of the list of people who have asked the longest.' – LPGA commissioner Michael Whan, on his hope to one day see an LPGA event at Augusta National.

'I'm extremely proud of it. I've never been asked by Australia, never been asked by the United States or anybody else to help guide a group of golfers to an ultimate goal of being in the Olympics. So I seized the moment.' – Greg Norman, on being named an advisory coach to the China national golf team as the nation begins preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

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Steve Stricker:

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Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.