''You've got to dream high, right? And that's definitely one of my dreams, to play in the Masters." – Michelle Wie, on what she hopes will happen one day. Since joining the LPGA full-time in 2009, Wie has won twice.
“I wasn’t close to her when I was 15. I feel like I’m getting old.” – Yani Tseng, on 15-year-old amateur sensation Lydia Ko, who has won three professional events. Ko held a share of the 54-hole lead at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, but a final-round 76 resulted in a third-place finish.
“I have no advice for her. Turning pro or not turning pro, going to college, not going to college, it’s a very personal decision. It’s not something someone can say: ‘I think you should turn pro. I think you should stay an amateur. I think you should do this or that.’” – Wie, again, when asked what advice she would extend to Ko. Wie turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday and later graduated from Stanford.
It’s been good to pick Michael’s brain and find out what he was thinking about when he was playing basketball. He’s always trying to play mind games. He doesn’t like to lose.” – Luke Donald, on his friendship with Michael Jordan.
“I’ve got a couple of years until I turn pro, so I guess within that period hopefully I’ll be able to get a little bit better." – Ko, after finishing third to Jiyai Shin and Tseng at the Women's Australian Open.
“The bar has been lowered. Guys get voted into the Hall of Fame who don't belong, who lack the numbers. I'm very upset at the Hall of Fame for that. It's not fair to the people who went in early.” – Ray Floyd, to Golf Magazine, on his disgust over the lowering of standards for World Golf Hall of Fame inductees.
“I truly believe, because of those last two majors, going with Webb and going with myself, I think that had a huge influence in their decision.” – Ernie Els, on the banning of anchored putters by the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A.
“That’s not being cocky. Now, I would take a four and run to the next hole. The green has become so sloped and so narrow in the back, that it is a brutal hole.” – Fred Couples, on Riviera’s 10th hole at the Northern Trust Open, saying he used to tell his caddie to go ahead and put a three on the scorecard when he stepped to the tee.
“You begin to wonder if your testing regimes are right. This is going to cause a lot of soul searching, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are changes to procedure.” – Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, to The Guardian, on drug testing after Vijay Singh admitted to using deer-antler spray, a banned substance.
“Just look at the inductees over the last six, eight, 10 years. Some years, I don't even vote because the names are not worthy of induction. One major should not get you into the Hall of Fame – maybe one major and 40 wins. I'll just say that you should have at least two majors. At least. Wow, there are guys in there that it's a joke. It takes integrity away from the term ‘Hall of Fame.’” – Floyd, again, on the Hall of Fame standards.
“Tom, because of his age, will inevitably be slightly more detached from his team. He won’t have played as much with the current crop of players.” – Ian Poulter, comparing 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson with European captain Paul McGinley.
“My mum told me last year was a bad year for Dragon, and I was Dragon. So my Mum say, ‘It’s OK, your bad year is over. Your good year is coming this year, the [Year of the] Snake.’ I go, ‘OK, that’s good. So, I’m very excited for this year.’” – Tseng, again, looking forward to the LPGA season.
Contributions from writers and editors on the Golf Channel Digital team.
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