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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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry