Quotes of the Year - COPIED

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 3, 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. This special edition showcases the top quotes from the entire 2007 season.

'The rookie mistake of the century. -- Will MacKenzie, after inadvertantly giving out his room number during an interview with the GOLF CHANNEL. He eventually had to turn off his phone to get it to stop ringing.
'Anybody that says 43 is old can go to hell. -- Vijay Singh, jokingly telling the crowd at the trophy presentation at the Mercedes-Benz Championship. Singh passed Sam Snead as the all-time leader in victories in PGA TOUR history after the age of 40.
'I'm happy with the way I played. I do try to win every decade, so I've accomplished that. -- Paul Goydos, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, after notching his first win since the 1996 Bay Hill Invitational.
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. -- Darren Clarke, on the recovery process after losing his wife, Heather, to cancer last year.
'I wanted to be his child. If I was a child I wouldn't play golf anymore, I'd be sitting in a boat somewhere spending all dad's money. I've been trying to get him to adopt me for the last five years, but he wouldn't do it. -- John Daly, when asked his thoughts on Tiger becoming a father.
'Keep improving, because I am going to do the same. -- Tiger Woods, giving his advice to the rest of the golf world.
Everything just goes back to Boo, which is where it should end, really, on Boo. It started on Boo and it should really end on Boo. -- Colin Montgomerie, joking with the press, about how a Q&A session somehow kept coming back to Boo Weekley.
'It's nice when you get him shaking his head, because usually he's got us shaking our heads. -- Chris DiMarco, after he and partner Henrik Stenson, thumped Tiger Woods and teammate John Cook at the Tavistock Cup.
I'm sure she's proud of me. -- Morgan Pressel, tearfully speaking of her mother who passed away four years ago from breast cancer, after becoming the youngest female player to ever win a major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Even I've never heard of me! -- Zach Johnson, parodying himself during the Top-10 segment on the Late Show with David Letterman after his Masters victory.
I'm not sure if I qualify or not, but they're letting me in now, so the hell with everybody else! -- Hubert Green, to a roomful of laughing reporters at the press conference announcing his entry into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
'I couldn't take it much more. -- Annika Sorenstam, on a back injury that forced her to withdraw from the Ginn Open. Doctors discovered a ruptured disk and a bulging disk.
'It's ridiculous. Someone should have been shot I think. I mean, five hours and 45 minutes, that's insanity. -- Laura Davies, not mincing words about the pace of play during the third round at the Ginn Open.
'You ain't gonna see a redneck surfing! -- Boo Weekley, joking with GOLF CHANNEL reporter Steve Sands, after being told his victory earned him a trip to the Mercedes-Benz Championship on Maui, an island known as much for surfing as it is golfing.
'Byron (Nelson) knocked that last putt in for me. I couldn't see the hole, I couldn't see the ball, I didn't know what was happening. -- Scott Verplank, explaining his emotions to GOLF CHANNEL reporter Mike Ritz after his win at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Today is one of the most special days in my life. It's really special because I am at home and I am able to celebrate the news with the people in my country. This is a huge accomplishment for me. -- Lorena Ochoa, playing in the Corona Championship in her native Mexico, on her rise to the No. 1 ranking in the world.
'If I remember the quote correctly, he said he likes the new Tiger. I figure I've won nine of 12 (PGA TOUR events), and I've won three times this year -- the same amount he's won in his career. So, I like the new Tiger, as well. -- Tiger Woods, playfully responding to Rory Sabbatini's comments on how he thinks Woods is as beatable as ever.
'Hey, Rory. Still think Tiger's beatable? --Steve Banky, a spectator at Firestone, to Rory Sabbatini as Rory walked to the 10th tee already down four shots to the world's No. 1. Sabbatini then had officials remove Banky from the premises.
'I had to give it a slap across the face. I had no choice. -- Joakim Haeggman, recounting an incident that happened in the first round of the European Tour event in Spain, where he claims he was attacked by a goose in the fairway.
'Unfortunately, I got kicked in the teeth. -- Sean O'Hair, on his attempt to fire at the flagstick at the dangerous par-3 17th at Sawgrass.
'It was wacky. Ridiculous. -- Ernie Els, on his third round at Wentworth in which his scorecard showed two eagles, four birdies, a triple bogey, a double bogey and three bogeys. And that from a man who owns a home off the 16th fairway and has insider knowledge of the course as he was the one who oversaw the redesign.
'I just feel that there's a little bit of lack of respect and class just to kind of leave a tournament like that and then come out and practice here. -- Ginn Tribute host Annika Sorenstam, saying that she felt Michelle Wie owed her an apology for pulling out of the event due to injury and then immediately going to the McDonalds LPGA to practice.
'I don't really feel like I have to apologize for anything. -- Wie, saying that she wasnt sorry for any of her actions at Annika's event.
'To be honest, I felt very nervous. -- Maria Kostina, who became the first Russian to play in the U.S. Women's Open.
'Any press is good press ' unless its real bad. -- Will MacKenzie, talking about how he receives more attention for his lifestyle off the course than his play on it.
'There was a sign out there that said, 'No dogs or women allowed. Hopefully, they'll take it out for the week. -- Annika Sorenstam, referencing a sign she saw posted at St. Andrews when she last played there as an amateur. The Old Course hosted this years Womens British Open and women were allowed to enter the R&A clubhouse.
'Charles should give up. -- Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, on the state of his buddy Charles Barkley's golf game.
'I'm fine with photographers on the course. It's the other players that I feel that was brought in for. The likes of Retief Goosen, and people like that, the people that really get upset over these type of things. -- Monty again, sarcastically answering a question about improvements in dealing with on-course noise.
'It must be liberating having no secrets. -- Paul Azinger, referring to John Daly and his much-publicized life of troubles.
'Here is more of a social club, of a drinking man's club, the average layman's club really. -- Aussie Graeme Courts , caddie for Loren Roberts, on Carnoustie's membership.
'I know for a fact that some golfers are doing it. -- Gary Player, on the eve of the Open Championship, talking about steroids in the game of golf.
'Yeah. I kind of put my foot in my mouth there, didn't I? But I didn't know. If you don't know, you don't know. I hated what I said, especially with him just saying what he said a couple days before, that he don't get no respect. And then I say something like that. It's like wham! Here's a slap to your head. -- Boo Weekley, on the story of how he asked 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie the question, 'How'd you get in? You qualify?'
'For me, this is the most special round of golf I ever played. -- Lorena Ochoa, following her win at St. Andrews, the first major title of her career.
'I was really, really looking forward to the guy on the first tee announcing 'The Open Champion' and he didn't do it. He just said: 'Padraig Harrington, Ireland'. I was gutted! I was looking forward to it for the last 24 hours. -- Padraig Harrington, on what happened on his first introduction at an event since becoming the Open champion.
'I'm really relieved. -- Mike Weir, in an obvious understatement, following his selection to the Presidents Cup that was played in his native country of Canada.
'Fat boys like me can get through the heat. Every time I worked out I threw up and I thought to myself that you can get drunk and throw up, so it's just not for me. -- John Daly, on his thoughts of possibly incorporating a workout program.
'I'm the first. -- Ben Curtis, on his tee shot to open the new PGA TOUR playoffs.
'M and O are pretty close together. -- Arron Oberholser, referring to the fact that he and Phil Mickelson's lockers are very close together in the locker room, on why he didn't care to elaborate on Mickleson's decision to skip the BMW Championship.
'I'm going with Phil Mickelson and Jacques Cousteau. -- Jack Nicklaus, in announcing his foursomes pairings for Saturday morning at the Presdients Cup, following Woody Austin's now imfamous dip into the water.
Marco. Polo. -- The Canadian gallery, alternating the chants of those two words to Woody as he strode down the fairways.
'It's funny. For years he was known as the guy who banged his head against his putter. And now he's the guy who banged his head against the water. -- Retief Goosen, with his take on Woody.
'We're never happy. We're golfers. -- Jason Gore, stating that no professional player -- not even Tiger Woods -- is completely satisfied with what he or she has accomplished.
'I got bullied into being here by a 12-year-old, a 10-year-old and a 3-year-old. -- Scott Verplank, on the big reason he played at the season-ending event at Disney World.
Everybody would like to perform better and play less, like Tiger. Unfortunately, not all of us can. -- J.P. Hayes, on his need to play in almost all of the Fall Series events in an effort to secure his PGA TOUR card for the 2008 season.
It's not life or death, but it's a hell of a big deal. -- Kevin Stadler, who moved inside the top 125 on the PGA TOUR money list thanks to his finish at Disney.
I never heard the guy complete a sentence in the 20 years I knew the guy. And now his voice activation system has switched on and you can't turn it off. -- Paul Azinger, with his thoughts on former broadcast partner Nick Faldo.
'I've learned after 11 years to let Tiger speak for himself. -- PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem when asked about the possibility Tiger Woods ever joining the European Tour with the new bonus money and $10 million dollar season-ending event in Dubai.
'This is awesome. I would like to dedicate this win to the Grateful Dead, as they have inspired me all the way. -- 'Dead Head' Bryan Saltus, after winning the inaugural Cambodian Open. Saltus has reportedly attended 153 Grateful Dead concerts.
'You see kids specialize in golf. I think that is idiotic. To play all the sports is great. I played everything. Golf to me was just another sport until I was about 19. When I won the National Amateur at 19, I finally said, 'Hmm, I must be a little better than I think I am.' It was just a game -- still is a game. -- Jack Nicklaus, speaking about the state of the game during a visit to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
I was gutted. But let's keep things in proportion, this is sport. It's not like anyone died out there. -- Ernie Els, on his Web site, following his collapse on the 72nd hole of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
I'm in shock. -- England's John Bickerton, his response after Els' collapse.
I came here to get my card, but it's not life or death. I have things in perspective. -- Todd Demsey, after a 10-year absence and two operations to remove a brain tumor the size of a golf ball, finally making it back to the PGA TOUR through Q-school.

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Golf's Olympic format, qualifying process remain the same

By Rex HoggardMarch 19, 2018, 6:25 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Potential Olympic golfers for the 2020 Games in Tokyo were informed on Monday that the qualification process for both the men’s and women’s competitions will remain unchanged.

According to a memo sent to PGA Tour players, the qualification process begins on July 1, 2018, and will end on June 22, 2020, for the men, with the top 59 players from the Olympic Golf Rankings, which is drawn from the Official World Golf Ranking, earning a spot in Tokyo (the host country is assured a spot in the 60-player field). The women’s qualification process begins on July 8, 2018, and ends on June 29, 2020.

The format, 72-holes of individual stroke play, for the ’20 Games will also remain unchanged.

The ’20 Olympics will be held July 24 through Aug. 9, and the men’s competition will be played the week before the women’s event at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

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Webb granted U.S. Women's Open special exemption

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 6:22 pm

Karrie Webb's streak of consecutive appearances at the U.S. Women's Open will continue this summer.

The USGA announced Monday that the 43-year-old Aussie has been granted a special exemption into this year's event, held May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek in Alabama. Webb, a winner in both 2000 and 2001, has qualified for the event on merit every year since 2011 when her 10-year exemption for her second victory ended.

"As a past champion, I'm very grateful and excited to accept the USGA's special exemption into this year's U.S. Women's Open," Webb said in a release. "I have always loved competing in the U.S. Women's Open and being tested on some of the best courses in the country."

Webb has played in the tournament every year since 1996, the longest such active streak, meaning that this summer will mark her 23rd consecutive appearance. She has made the U.S. Women's Open cut each of the last 10 years, never finishing outside the top 50 in that span.

Webb's exemption is the first handed out by the USGA since 2016, when Se Ri Pak received an invite to play at CordeValle. Prior to that the two most recent special exemptions went to Juli Inkster (2013) and Laura Davies (2009). The highest finish by a woman playing on a special exemption came in 1994, when Amy Alcott finished sixth.

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Notah: Driver is Tiger's No. 1 pre-Masters concern

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2018, 5:49 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a Sunday charge at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, sending shockwaves through Bay Hill when it looked as though he might finally claim PGA Tour victory No. 80.

But the charge came to an end at the par-5 16th, where Woods had missed wide-right three days in a row before going OB-left on Sunday en route to bogey.

Woods’ API performance featured just a handful of drivers each day, as firm and fast conditions allowed him to make frequent use of a 2-iron off the tee.

That strategy led to a second top-5 finish in as many weeks, but if Woods wants to win again, if he wants claim another major, he is going to sort out his issues with the big stick.

A guest Monday morning on the Dan Patrick Show, Golf Channel’s Notah Begay believes the driver will be a focus for Woods in his pre-Masters preparation.

“Project No. 1 over the next two weeks is going to be the driver. … Any time he has to turn a shot right to left with trouble on the left, he struggles a little bit,” Begay said.

“Off the sixth tee, off the ninth tee, there was some errant shots. And then we saw the really horrible tee shot yesterday at 16. He talked about in the post-round comments. He just didn’t commit to a shot, and the worst thing that a professional athlete can do to themselves to compromise performance is not commit.

“And so he made a terrible swing, and that’s the miss that is really difficult for him to recover from, because the majority of his misses are out to the right. So, when you eliminate one half of the golf course, you can really make your way around … a lot easier. When you have a two-way miss going, which sometimes creeps into his driver, it really makes it difficult to take out some of the trouble that you’re looking at when you’re standing on the tee box.

“So he has to focus in on trying to find some way to navigate Augusta National with the driver, because it’s a course that’s going to force you to hit driver.”

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McIlroy trails only Woods in Masters betting odds

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 5:47 pm

After rallying for victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rory McIlroy is once again among the betting favorites for the upcoming Masters.

McIlroy was available at 16/1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook last week, listed behind six other players. But after his three-shot win at Bay Hill, his odds were trimmed to 10/1, leaving him behind only betting favorite Tiger Woods.

Next month will mark McIlroy's fourth opportunity to close out the final leg of the career Grand Slam by slipping into a green jacket. Here's a look at the current betting odds, with the first round only 17 days away:

8/1: Tiger Woods

10/1: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas

14/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose

16/1: Jason Day, Jon Rahm

18/1: Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson

25/1: Paul Casey, Bubba Watson

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama

40/1: Henrik Stenson, Marc Leishman

50/1: Alex Noren

60/1: Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton, Thomas Pieters

80/1: Branden Grace, Brian Harman, Tony Finau, Charley Hoffman, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay

100/1: Zach Johnson, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Kevin Kisner