Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 24, 2012, 6:10 pm

'The San Francisco police arrested me and took me to the station, but when they got there, the guys were all really cool because they were making bird noises. They had already been watching on YouTube and the Internet.' – Andrew Dudley, better known as Jungle Bird, on interrupting the trophy presentation at last week's U.S. Open.

'So without really thinking too much I went out and grabbed him. As I’m dragging him off the green I thought, 'What am I going to do with him now?' I escorted him right into the bunker and quickly thereafter the police did get him.' – Mike Davis, on his split-second takedown of Jungle Bird during the U.S. Open’s award ceremony.

'There have been several times in history where someone has won a major championship and then gets so busy they can't see straight. That's the danger. You've got to keep it in perspective and learn to say 'no,' because there will be a lot of time-consuming offers coming after winning the U.S. Open.' – Tom Watson, on the advice he gave to new U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

'Obviously, when you have achieved so much at such a young age, everything maybe has come so easily. You can’t be No. 1 in the world for 20 years, unless you are Tiger Woods!' – Caroline Wozniacki, on boyfriend Rory McIlroy's recent slump.

'There are a number of reasons, but the main one is I haven't got that much time left at the top and I want to give myself the best chance of staying there as long as I can.' – Lee Westwood, on his plan to move to America from his native England at the end of the year.

'He just hasn't won a major, but he's playing pretty good and he's going to be back, he's definitely going to win again. You know, if he stays healthy, I think for sure because he's still got 10 years to get to where Jack was. So, he's got 10 years to produce four more victories.' – Bubba Watson, on if Tiger Woods will catch Jack Nicklaus' mark of 18 major championships.

'Me and my friends always joke that if I win in Canada one more time, that I’m going to become a Canadian citizen. I love it. The people are so relaxed and I feel very welcome when I go there, so I’m real excited that we have another tournament there.' – Michelle Wie, on playing in the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada. Wie snapped her streak of six consecutive missed cuts with matching 70s on the first two days of the tournament.

'They went and asked the chap 'What are you doing?' and he sort of fumbled out an answer saying 'I've got this wrong – I've done something bad. I wish it hadn't happened, etc. etc.' He's kind of been asked not to come back and that's how the matter has been resolved.' – European Tour chief referee, John Paramor, on caddie Mathias Vinson's attempt to hide an extra club from Jose Manuel Lara’s bag in a bush at the BMW International Open.

'The rule is the rule, but it’s just poorly written, it’s just not specific enough. It’s very vague.' – Cameron Tringale, on the two-stroke penalty he was assessed because his ball moved before he addressed it while putting on the sixth hole at the Travelers Championship.

'It wasn't a very classy move, but then again it's how he makes his living these days. He's kind of a shock jock.' – Ernie Els' response to David Feherty's joke about his putting at the Tavistock Cup in March.

Getty Images

Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

Getty Images

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

Getty Images

Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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