Quotes of the Week - COPIED
'Hes used to hitting people inside the ropes, not outside the ropes.' -- Golf Channel TV analyst Nick Faldo on celebrity golfer Oscar De La Hoya at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
'I don't think Morgan likes to play golf that much anymore. She has enough by watching me and her dad. -- Sergio Garcia, about playing golf with his new girlfriend Morgan, the daughter of Greg Norman.
'No, I haven't had my wife on the bag -- no, don't start me there.' -- Colin Montgomerie, responding to the fact that Chris DiMarco was using his wife as a caddie at the European Tour event in Abu Dhabi.
It has just been phenomenal. What I have taken away is how the people here are so proud of their country and they want to show you everything. They want to make you feel welcome.' -- Juli Inkster, on her impressions of South Africa at the Women's World Cup in Sun City.
'Losing the (2006 U.S.) Open obviously hurt, but losing the PGA (Championship) in 2001 hurt, losing the Masters a number of years hurt, and losing the U.S. Open in 2004 making double on 17 hurt. That's part of the game. -- Phil Mickelson, answering questions on how he's coping with his devastating collapse on the 72nd hole at Winged Foot last year.
I wasn't done grieving, nowhere near it. Similarly, I should have taken a break from golf after the Ryder Cup, because my heart wasn't really in it after that. The K Club was a great success from any angle you care to look at it, but it took a hell of a lot out of me.' -- Darren Clarke, on the recovery process after losing his wife, Heather, to cancer last year.
'I have never done so well in a final round in my career. What happened out there on the course was beyond my expectations.' -- Paul Casey, after firing a final-round 65 to win the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Qatar.
'Unfortunately I said, 'Good shot.'' -- Charley Hoffman, on his comment to his playoff opponent, John Rollins, after Rollins' tee shot eventually found a fairway bunker.
Past Editions of Quotes of the Week
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18