Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2011, 6:20 pm

“I kind of wish I would have known it was for history.”  Steve Stricker, after missing a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 18 on Thursday at Atlanta Athletic Club that would have given him the first-ever 62 in a major. He missed, shot 63, and became the 25th player to shoot 63 in a major championship and the 11th in the PGA Championship.


“We felt like our hearts had been ripped out. … It’s a little like cutting yourself with a razor on your wedding day.”  Ken Mangum, head groundskeeper at Atlanta Athletic Club, after an unfortunate mowing accident Wednesday evening of the PGA Championship that left marred spots on the greens at 14 and 17.


“It’s great for the PGA. It’s terrific. It’s in great shape. It’s difficult. It’s challenging. There’s some really hard holes, and there’s some birdie holes. And I think it’s a great site for the PGA. … But I also think if you look at the four par 3s here, it’s a perfect example of how modern architecture is killing the game, because these holes are unplayable for the member.”  Phil Mickelson, on his opinion of Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course and how it’s just too difficult a track for members and average players.


“It was dangerous. … I thought if I could make contact with the ball and just let the club go, I might get away with it. You know, in hindsight it would have been better to chip out sideways.”  Rory McIlroy, reflecting on his decision to hit his ball that was resting against a tree root on his third hole of the 93rd PGA Championship.


“They said, ‘It's your decision; if you want to play on and you feel comfortable doing that, but if not, there's no point in risking it. … It's the last major of the year. I've got, what, six or seven months to the Masters. So I might as well try and play through the pain and get it over and done with.” – McIlroy, again, on why he decided to continue playing after he hurt his right forearm Thursday. 


“I’m not down. I’m really angry right now. There’s a lot of words I can use beyond that.” – Tiger Woods, Friday, after missing only his third cut ever in a major championship, after rounds of 77-73 at Atlanta Athletic Club.


“It’s a step back in the sense I didn’t make the cut. … But it’s a giant leap forward in that I played two straight weeks and I’m healthy. It’s going to be great for my practice sessions coming up. Now I’ll be able to work and get after it.” – Woods, again, on his excitement to spend some quality time working with swing coach Sean Foley. The two celebrated their one-year anniversary of working together at the PGA Championship.


“Tiger is a bit like myself. … If you don’t like what you’re doing you lose confidence, but anyone else would think it was a great swing.” – Padraig Harrington, who was paired with Woods for Rounds 1 and 2 of the 93rd PGA Championship. 


“I gained two pounds yesterday out there, drinking. There’s a thing in the Tour physio bus that measures it. I went in before that and I went in afterwards and I gained two pounds.” – Harrington, again, referring to the extra water weight he packed on in Round 1 of the PGA Championship because of difficulty finding bathrooms on the course.


“Look, we’ve had our chat about the whole thing, and he feels the way he feels. … I just took what he said, again, as confidence for me. If he really feels that was one of his great wins, then I’m kind of flattered, and it fills me with confidence. I think that’s what his intention is, to be honest.” – Adam Scott, commenting on recently acquired full-time caddie Steve Williams and his comments to the media after the duo’s win at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative


Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.