"I realized pretty quickly it wasn’t the right thing to do. No matter how bad I was playing, I should have stayed out there. Look, we, as in me and all you guys, are hopefully going to have a working relationship for the next 20 years, so I don’t want to jeopardize that by being closed." – Rory McIlroy, on his mid-round withdrawal at last week’s Honda Classic.
"I said to my mom walking off 15 green, 'Oh my God, I’m in red numbers.'" – McIlroy again, on carding his first under-par round of the season with a 69 on Friday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
"I don't think he's quite drawing the ball like he used to, that he wants. Maybe just a little bit defensive out there. That happens, and we have all gone through stretches like this. It happens, and it happened to him last year in the middle of the year, and ended up all right at the end of the year." – Tiger Woods, offering his thoughts on McIlroy’s early-season struggles. The world’s top-two ranked golfers played together in the first and second rounds at Doral.
"I can totally understand what he feels because not many people have been No. 1 before. Everyone wants to be in those shoes, but no one knows how tough it is." – Yani Tseng, who currently sits atop the Rolex Rankings as the women’s No. 1 player, on the pressures facing McIlroy.
"Whatever Stricks says, I want to do. That dude is one of the best putters that has ever lived." – Woods again, who took just 23 putts in his opening round at Doral after receiving an impromptu putting lesson from Steve Stricker on the practice green Wednesday.
"I gave it a little body wiggle, and usually if you give it a little body wiggle you'll get an extra foot or two of release out of it." – Phil Mickelson, on his body language following his tee shot on the ninth hole, where he came within two feet of a hole-in-one in Round 2 at Doral.
''I saw Phil sneaking up the leaderboard there behind me and I said, 'Let's spoil this part tomorrow.' I'm sure they would have liked Tiger and Phil in the last group tomorrow." – Graeme McDowell, on spoiling the possible Woods-Mickelson final-group pairing with consecutive birdies to end the second round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
"It was a freak, freak, freak thing. It's a one-in-a-billion type of thing that happened." – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, who was treated after he collapsed when hitting a shot from the trees during a golf outing while at spring training that caused something to strike him in the left eye. The accident left Rzepczynski with a black eye and he was still only regaining sight hours after the injury, but he was told by doctors that he is not expected to face permanent damage.
"Would I like to see the best female golfers in the world on that stage? Of course. I just figure I'll keep asking because if they ever change their mind, I'll be somewhere near the top of the list of people who have asked the longest." – LPGA commissioner Michael Whan, on his hope to one day see an LPGA event at Augusta National.
"I'm extremely proud of it. I've never been asked by Australia, never been asked by the United States or anybody else to help guide a group of golfers to an ultimate goal of being in the Olympics. So I seized the moment." – Greg Norman, on being named an advisory coach to the China national golf team as the nation begins preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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