Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 25, 2008, 5:00 pm
Editor's Note: In our Parting Shots feature, the GOLFCHANNEL.com team offers up the best quotes from the most recent week in golf.
 
Everything is coming back together'the long game, the short game, the putting'its all just coming back. -- Michelle Wie, talking about how she was knocking off the rust at the Fields Open in Hawaii after making the cut at by just 2 strokes.
 
'Hes looking at me saying, This good? I didnt know you could pick your ball up. Dazed and confused. Just like that movie. Thats me. Dazed and confused.' -- Boo Weekley, playing in his first WGC-Accenture Match Play tournament, who didn't know that he was allowed to concede short putts to his opponent.
 
'I never got into the synch or rhythm of it until the end of it. My putting was still very poor to average, so I paid the price. -- Greg Norman, after missing the cut this weekend on the PGA TOUR's trip to Riviera Maya in Mexico, a golf course he designed.
 
'Ten birdies and were still playing. -- Steve Williams, Tiger Woods' caddie, saying to Woods as his third-round match with Aaron Baddeley headed to the 18th hole all square. Woods closed out the match on the 20th hole with birdie No. 12.
 
Boo Weekley
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'Id much rather watch fishing or hunting or NASCAR or something. Its got to be moving, man. Golf aint moving. -- Weekley again, admitting that the reason he did not know the proper etiquette when comes to conceding putts was because he doesn't watch golf on TV, not even the Ryder Cup.
 
'I cant call him Boo. What is his name? It cant be Boo can it? -- Colin Montgomerie, slowly becoming more aware of the phenomenon that is known as Boo Weekley.
 
Everyone says we have a difficult task, which we have, but I dont believe its impossible to win in America, and I think these changes will help. -- Alison Nicholas, the European Solheim Cup captain, hoping that new criteria for making the Euro team will help end Americas dominance in the event since 2003.
 
Tiger Woods and J.B. Holmes
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Match play is an animal thats all about the moment. Its not about building toward Sunday. If you dont play well, youre going home. -- Tiger Woods, describing the different approach that is needed to succeed in match play format competition.
 
I knew that Nick Faldo was in the booth. This is the only match play tournament we have before the Ryder Cup, and I think if I was the captain, Id be watching very closely.' -- Monty again, acknowledging the fact that Europe's Ryder Cup captain was broadcasting the WGC tournament with GOLF CHANNEL.
 
Playing the best player in the world, 3 up with five to play, I just said, Dont do anything stupid. Make him beat you. And he did. -- J.B. Holmes, recognizing there wasnt much he could do after Tigers miraculous comeback to win their first round match.
 
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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.

PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

The statement reads:

The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Web.com Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.