Quotes of the Year - Part I

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 29, 2008, 5:00 pm
In Parting Shots, GolfChannel.com offers up the best quotes from each week of the year. Part I takes you from the season-opening Mecedes-Benz Championship in Maui through the Masters in April.

'If I showed up out there, they'd think I was a whale that got beached.' ' Boo Weekley, rubbing his belly and telling reporters what would happen if he were to head out with the surfers that can be seen from the 11th green at Kapalua.

'Zing, she smells a whole lot better than you did.' ' Nick Faldo, comparing his old broadcast partner Paul Azinger to his new Golf Channel broadcast partner Kelly Tilghman.

'I carry a pocket of Lifesavers, so when I get in the trap, I drop a lifesaver under the ball like a little tee, and when you hit it it explodes, no evidence. Remember that one. 'Lifesavers. Fresh breath, lower handicap.' ' ' George Lopez, joking with reporters about a few tricks he may have up his sleeve.

'He was a throwback. He raised the level of every player he worked for. He could take guys who were marginal and they would play well.' ' Caddie Patrick Smith, about fellow caddie Steve Duplantis, who died tragically in an accident earlier in the year.

'Does he actually receive texts? I know I tried to text Jack (Nicklaus) one time and he doesn't know how to do that.' ' Tiger Woods, when asked if he was going to text message Arnold Palmer after he officially tied him on the all-time PGA Tour career wins mark.

'The problem is I haven't played to my full potential yet. And when that happens it will just be me and Tiger.' ' Ian Poulter, in an interview with Golf World U.K. magazine, with some strong words for Tiger Woods and the rest of the golfing world.

'I'm misquoted. It was taken out of context. The whole answer to the question has been taken out of context. As long as he's playing golf I'm not going to get to No. 1, so No. 2 is the spot.' ' Poulter again, trying to clarify what he contends was a misrepresentation of what he was trying to say.

'I was just trying to put the ball on the green,' ' 92-year-old Leo Fiyalko, who after 60 years of playing golf, getting his first ever hole-in-one. Fiyalko is blind.

'As for golf talent, truth be told, my father and grandfather were far more blessed with talent. Somehow when it came to me there was a genetic power outage. ' 41st President George H. W. Bush, joking to reporters about his golf skills, or lack thereof, after receiving USGA's highest honor, the Bob Jones Award.

'Id much rather watch fishing or hunting or NASCAR or something. Its got to be moving, man. Golf aint moving. ' Weekley, admitting that 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.

I just think we didnt think through the new rule. Its hard to understand. People see players making the cut and not playing. Nobodys happy with that. ' Tim Finchem, commenting after amending the Tours controversial cut line policy.

Ben is quite affected by it. But hes a lovely boy. ' Ernie Els, after disclosing for the first time to Golf Channels Rich Lerner that his son was diagnosed with autism. Els hopes to bring more attention and awareness for the disorder.

'We dont have time for me to tell you what I think about Tiger and his golf, because I think that right now, he has got it by the neck, and hes choking it. And he should. ' Arnold Palmer, throwing his two cents in on the dominance of Tiger Woods.

Trademark infringement. I had a patent. ' Fred Funk, jokingly referring to Golf Channel Insider Brian Hewitt's tongue-in-cheek remark that Tiger's 'hat slam' was a rip-off of a similar move by Funk after his final putt at the 2005 Players Championship.

He thought it was a bee sting. ' Col. John Fortunato, of the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office, commenting to the press after celebrated chef Paul Prudhomme was hit by a bullet during the PGA Tour stop in New Orleans.

'You gonna stop walking, man? Damn. You did it all day yesterday. I tell you what ' veterans can kiss my...' ' Bubba Watson, during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, with some choice words for playing partner Steve Elkington and his caddie.

'There has been no call from Augusta and I am not expecting one. Now, if I were the only person in the country, a la China, I might get in. It is a strange way to make up a field for a major championship ' television rights. They are quite open about why. ' Monty again, expressing his frustration for why he believes he didn't get an invite to the Masters.

Toughest test? Im starting to believe that this is more like a U.S. Open course every year.' ' Steve Stricker, referring to this year's increased difficulty at Augusta National.

'If I can walk around here like an athlete, which I can, and I can play reasonably well, then Id like to keep playing. ' Gary Player, who made his 51st appearance in the year's first major, expressing his desire to continue playing.

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.