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.

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.