"I saw my dad, and he knew how frustrated I’d gotten over the past few months. He knew how much this meant to me. And all he said to me was stop crying." – Rory McIlroy, on Golf Channel's 'Morning Drive', describing the touching embrace with his father on the 18th green after winning the PGA Championship by eight strokes to claim his second major.
"He’s got half of them already, and he’s right there, anything can happen. You can’t predict anything but he now knows, and more importantly, the rest of the field knows, that when he is on they might be playing for second place." – Six-time major winner Nick Faldo on Rory McIlroy's chances to become the first European player to capture the career grand slam.
"It should be a lot of fun. It’s the first time I’ve ever done something like this with Tiger." – McIlroy, again, discussing the one-day Duel at Jinsha Lake exhibition between himself and Tiger Woods that has been scheduled in China on Oct. 29.
"I told myself, if I win again, it's going to be my best trophy I've ever had. I will be very, very much more appreciating of how much goes into it, and I know a couple of years looking back on this time, I will probably say this is my best time." – Yani Tseng, mired in the worst slump of her career, on what her next victory will feel like. Tseng had missed consecutive cuts for the first time in her career coming into this week's Safeway Classic.
"I’ve played a lot of golf with Michelle this year. I asked her if she has cried, like a few times this year. She said, 'Of course.'" – Tseng, again, on consulting Michelle Wie as she coped with real struggles for the first time in her golf career.
"The guy with a lot of potential is athletic, long and in search of his golf ball." – Hank Haney, on Michael Phelps, his pupil for the new season of 'The Haney Project', who became the most decorated Olympian ever at the 2012 London Games.
"Obviously a lot of people have mentioned my name, and that is nice. … It is a position I have always enjoyed, but we will just have to wait and see." – Paul McGinley, who was named a Ryder Cup assistant captain by Jose Maria Olazabal, on the possibility of being named the next Ryder Cup captain in 2014.
"Lee admits he needed to shake things up and that he'd lost his focus and his enthusiasm a bit." – Lee Westwood's manager, Andrew Chandler, on his decision to fire his swing coach and caddie after a disappointing missed cut at the PGA Championship.
"It’s been a struggle this summer. I worked really hard the last couple of weeks for moments like that, and it’s kind of a shame that I couldn’t pull it off there." – Third-ranked amateur and Texas sophomore Jordan Speith, after his loss to 2012 NCAA champion Thomas Pieters in the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur.
"I knew I had to play well, had to bring out my 'A' game, and luckily I did. This is by far the best thing I’ve done in my career. By far." – Steven Fox, on taking out Chris Williams, the worlds top-ranked amateur in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills.
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