"I’m still numb; it still hasn’t set in. It will probably take quite a few days because I haven’t been in this position for 10 years, obviously, so it’s just crazy, crazy, crazy getting here." – Ernie Els, after capturing the Open Championship and claiming his fourth career major title.
"I’m very disappointed because I played so beautifully for most of the week, so I certainly shouldn’t let this bring me down." – Adam Scott, trying to somehow put a positive spin on his stunning Sunday collapse at the Open.
“It's not quite in as good a condition as I received it in. It's been here, there and everywhere. But Mr. [Peter] Dawson looked at it and said, ‘Oh, we can fix that; we can fix this.’ So it's not too bad.” – Darren Clarke, commenting on the condition the claret jug was in when he returned to the Open Championship.
“The forecast hasn't been right all week. Nice job to have, huh?” – Tiger Woods, commenting on the meteorologist’s job after a week of favorable weather conditions at the Open Championship.
“I was waiting to use the bathroom going to the 17th tee. It's one of those things that you don't want to go through your mind, thinking about your final score and stuff like that.” – Adam Scott, after his opening-round 64, when asked if he was thinking about having a chance to tie the all-time major championship scoring record of 63.
“Probably the strangest start of my career the first six holes. I didn’t really hit many good shots and I was 3 under. Chipped in twice and holed it from off the green.” – Paul Lawrie, describing his quick start at the Open Championship.
''At most PGA Tour events, the shorter the shot, the more important it is. This one, the longer the shot the more important it is.'' – Geoff Ogilvy, comparing his strategy in regular PGA Tour events to his strategy when playing in the Open.
"I'm out of my comfort zone. So many people, a lot more than a golf tournament. I was pretty nervous." – Webb Simpson, after throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees game this past week.
“Although I haven't won this golf tournament for 11 years, I'm kind of thought of in a weird way as defending because I'm back at my site. I don't think I necessarily feel that way, but I also didn't necessarily feel like the defending champion when we went to Muirfield in '02, because of it being a fresh site.” – David Duval, upon his arrival at Royal Lytham, site of his 2001 British Open win.
“I’ve not always been known as the guy who hits it consistently tee-to-green, but I have a great short game. Seve was known as someone that would hit it wild off the tee and use his short game to get out of trouble. I’ve got to go into this tournament with that kind of fun attitude, no matter how I’m hitting it.” – Luke Donald, comparing his game to former three-time Open Champion, Seve Ballesteros.
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