“It's almost more than a dream. I looked for the trophy first thing this morning, and it was at the foot of the bed. It was one of the best ways to wake up I've ever had.” – Justin Rose, on Monday’s 'Dan Patrick Show,' reflecting on his U.S. Open triumph.
“When I walked over the hill and saw my drive sitting perfectly in the middle of the fairway with the sun coming out, it was kind of almost fitting. And I just felt like at that point, it was a good iron shot on to the green, two putts, like Hogan did, and possibly win this championship.” – Rose, again, on his second shot into the 18th hole on Sunday at the U.S Open. Rose knew that the plaque commemorating Ben Hogan’s famous 1-iron shot in the 1950 U.S. Open was nearby.
“For whatever reason, Tiger doesn’t prepare for majors as hard as he could. He plays the course in a rushed way maybe once or twice before the tournament week. Then in the tournament week, Tiger has gotten into the routine of playing nine-hole practice rounds on some days.” – Hank Haney, to FoxSports.com, on former pupil Tiger Woods' major prep.
“I figured this is going to be either really, really bad or really, really good.” – Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship tournament director, on a phone call he received late Sunday from Kate Rose, the wife of U.S. Open champion, Justin. It turned out to be good news. Kate confirmed that Justin would honor his commitment and play in the Travelers.
“We’ve been plagued by slow play for years, and it turns out it was a 14-year-old that was the problem. We should be embarrassed by that. I find that appalling that they did that. He was penalized for not knowing how to beat the system, not for slow play.” – Paul Goydos, who is one of four player directors on the PGA Tour policy board, on the one-stroke penalty for slow play assessed to Chinese amateur Guan Tianlang at the Masters.
“I did meet Rory McIlroy last year, and Rory offered to get my swing sorted. Which was a polite way of saying, ‘Mr. President, you need help.’” – President Barack Obama, at the global G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.
“What would I practice for? It's just a baseball. Again, I said we were athletes.” – Bubba Watson, on his prep work in advance of throwing out the first pitch at the Yankees game Tuesday night. The game got rained out, so Watson didn't get the chance to throw the first pitch.
“Yes, the look up to the heavens was absolutely for my dad. Father's Day was not lost on me today. You don't have opportunities to really dedicate a win to someone you love. And today was about him and being Father's Day.” – Rose, again, reflecting on his U.S. Open victory and his father, Ken, who died of cancer in 2002 at the age of 57.