Quotes of the Year - Part II

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 31, 2008, 5:00 pm
In Parting Shots, GolfChannel.com offers up the best quotes from each week of the year. In this special year-end edition, we've chosen the top quotes from all of 2008.

'Get to put my arm around Tiger Woods and say, 'Maybe next year.'' ' Trevor Immelman, on the Late Show with David Letterman, reading the Top 10 List. The topic was Ways Trevor Immelmans Life Has Changed Since Winning the Masters.

'This one is very special. This is the toughest one of all of them and its nice to get back up to where I feel my golf should be. Its nice to win again and its a really, really good feeling. ' Darren Clarke, after his emotional win in China. The victory was the first for Clarke since the death of his wife, Heather, in 2006.

'I'd like to thank Tiger for not coming this week. ' Sergio Garcia, in his speech after winning The Players Championship.

'Im going to miss her. I do have mixed feelings. Its sad. I think the LPGA is losing a big name.' ' Lorena Ochoa, commenting on Annika Sorenstams decision to step away at the end of 2008.

'I'm too old for that.' ' Memorial winner Kenny Perry, 47, on his decision to skip the U.S. Open, in which he would have had to play in a single day, 36-hole qualifier.

'This is probably the greatest tournament Ive ever had.' ' Tiger Woods, considering his career at this point, making quite a statement after his victory in the 108th U.S. Open.

'He just said Great fight! to me and that makes it a little better, I think.' ' Rocco Mediate, on what Woods said to him after their epic playoff duel at Torrey Pines.

'To have a will as strong as that, I take my hat off to him.' ' Jack Nicklaus, one of the many people who were completely amazed at Woods' U.S. Open win after learning about the extent of his injuries.

Hard to keep track. Too many Kims and Parks.' ' South Korean K.J. Choi, when asked if he follows the success of the South Korean players on the LPGA.

'This is (still) quite innovating (pointing to his head), and saucy, and cheeky on occasion. Ive still got a little bit of erotica left in me, thank GodI think the game of golf is fascinating; its the mirror of life.' ' BBC legend Peter Alliss, talking with Golf Channel about his announcing skills in the booth.

Peter Alliss and erotica? Its certainly been a week of surprises!' ' Golf Channel's Rich Lerner, after hearing the abovementioned comments from Alliss.

'She was like a little kid after you tell them theres no Santa Claus.' ' Sue Witters, the LPGAs director of tournament competitions, after informing Michelle Wie that she was disqualified from the State Farm Classic.

'It's just not a fun week like it should be. From what I've heard, the Ryder Cup just isn't fun. The fun is sucked right out of it. That's the word I hear a lot.' ' Hunter Mahan, raising eyebrows with comments before the Ryder Cup regarding its social schedule.

'This course is diabolical. It's like trying to play Scrabble without the vowels.' ' Paul Goydos, with his clever take on 'The Monster,' Oakland Hills, site of the 2008 PGA Championship.

'Make that your last laugh. ' Colin Montgomerie, responding to a reporter who had laughed at one of his responses during a press conference following his second-round 84 at the PGA Championship, his highest-ever score in a major.

'This is an American tour. ' Kate Peters, tournament director of the LPGA State Farm Classic, on why all LPGA players should be able to speak English.

The person that brought it to my attention did ask: Does that mean if youre mute you cant play golf on the LPGA Tour? It is an amazing statement.' ' Irishman Padraig Harrington, after being informed of the LPGA's new language policy.

If I ever say Im tired of signing, someone please club me over the head with a 9-iron.' ' Harrington again, explaining his thoughts on the added responsibilities of being a major champion.
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.