Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 22, 2012, 4:33 pm

“It has just gotten to the point where the tearing down of Tiger (Woods) as a person and a golfer has become just too much. I think it is just out of hand.” – Swing coach Sean Foley, speaking on Sirius/XM’s PGA Tour Network's “Fairways of Life.”

'Quit playing golf-swing and just hit shots; just say to himself, I'm gonna hit a low fade, and I don't need anybody to tell me how to do it, I'm just gonna feel it.' - Butch Harmon, chiming in with some of his thoughts on Tiger Woods.

“Lately I've been trying to do as little as possible with everything involved with golf.  Like if I'm hitting bad on the range, I won't even work it out.  I'll just quit hitting balls and go home.  It's been working.  It has. It's almost like I'm playing better golf because I'm thinking more on the golf course.” – Matt Every, after shooting a course-record 63 in the first round of the Valero Texas Open.

'I love Bubba. He's a breath of fresh air. I love the way he plays golf. The guy has an incredible ability to see shots few players can.' – Greg Norman, speaking about Bubba Watson during a “Morning Drive” interview on Golf Channel.

“That will go down as one of the great shots ever played in the game.'' – Jack Nicklaus, on Bubba Watson’s hooked-wedge approach shot on the second playoff hole that led to his Masters win.

'He's going to have to play extremely well to get that pick. I know there are going to be four or five guys who deserve to be on that team that will not get on there by merit.” – Graeme McDowell, speaking on “Morning Drive” about Carl Pettersson, whose only chance to make the European Ryder Cup team is as a captain’s pick.

''If they decided for whatever reason to make changes, you would have to start all over again. Our design is specifically for that site. You can't just put it someplace else.'' – Gil Hanse, chosen to design the Olympic golf course in Brazil, on the dispute over who owns the site of the proposed course. 

'You look at Michelle Wie, and she's still very young, but in our eyes, she's been on tour for a while. She's been playing as an amateur since the age of 12. She set the bar high so early and, after that, she hasn't been able to deliver, so I would certainly put Lexi Thompson first.' – Annika Sorenstam, asked on “Morning Drive” which young player would be better off in five years, Lexi Thompson or Michelle Wi.

“I look at (Lee) Westwood, or Sergio (Garcia), or Michelle Wie now, Ernie Els – people that I really respect and you would just love to have 10 or 15 minutes of their time because you know you can fix them.' – Putting guru Dave Stockton, talking on “Morning Drive” about golfers he’d love to help with their putting.

'To have three before May is literally unbelievable ...It’s just amazing and shows you the standard of golf that I am playing right now.' - Branden Grace, full of confidence following his third win of the year on the European Tour.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.