"If I have some players that are playing on the upswing, showing that they can play in the heat of competition and bad conditions, which we're going to have over there, those are the qualities I'm looking for in players." – Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, on how he will pick the U.S. players for the 2014 competition at Gleneagles.
"I don't think it's a stroke. I'm still in that camp. But the reality of the situation is this: This has been allowed to go on for X number of years, 30 years, 40 years ... so I think that's the crux of the issue. My son Michael was a very poor putter with a conventional putter. He went to a belly putter and he makes everything. He loves the game because of it. The game is fun." – Watson, again, speaking out against the proposed ban on the anchored stroke.
"We have serious concerns on how the ban on anchoring could affect the enjoyment of the game by our amateur customers. Over the past few months, I have received dozens of letters from concerned amateurs ... these people are discouraged and frustrated that the anchoring ban will be imposed after they adopted a previously legal method of putting. Most indicate they will play less golf or quit" – PGA of America president Ted Bishop, in a letter explaining why they are opposed to the anchoring ban.
"Beautiful chip." – John Daly, after carding a 10 on the par-4 third hole at Innisbrook in the second round of the Tampa Bay Championship. His chip from 30 yards stopped a foot from the pin and was about the only thing that went right for him in what ended up being the 15th time he has made at least a 10 on the PGA Tour.
"He said he was in love with her and he was going to continue to do this so they can work it out. Once she talks to him, she will see it his way (and fall in love with him)." – Doral police chief Richard Blom, after arresting a homeless man last week at Doral after forging press credentials to get into the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The man has a history of stalking Ivanka Trump, daughter of real-estate mogul Donald Trump, and intended on speaking with the 31-year-old heiress.
"It’s OK. It will be a good release for me." – Yani Tseng, on the possibility of losing her No. 1 ranking. Tseng won the Kia Classic last March for her 15th worldwide title in 15 months. She hasn’t won anything in the last 51 weeks.
"If I ever get to No. 1, I'm going to enjoy it, because I never as a kid dreamed of being in that position. I'm not going to take it for granted." – Stacy Lewis, reigning LPGA Player of the Year, who is poised to end Tseng’s 109-week run at No. 1 as early as this Sunday.
"I have (listened to Gwen Stefani's music) in the past. More of a country guy. I've got a few wedges that have a few stamps on them from the band, No Doubt and got another one that says 'Hollaback,' the song." – PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani, pronounced Stephanie, no relation to Gwen, on the fun he has having the same last name as the No Doubt former leading lady.
"I think it’s time for the young girls to step up and start playing well. I’m just going to play golf and see what shakes out, and I hope I don’t qualify. How about that?" – Juli Inkster, 52, on the possibility of making the 2013 Solheim Cup team. Inkster holds the American records for most Solheim Cups played (9), most points scored (18½) and most matches won (15).
"Even in my offseason, I'm like, 'Can you just rest for a second?' I don't want to see the gym. I don't want to hear about the gym ... I just want to relax. He's like, 'No, but let's go to the gym.' But it's good fun. It's great that we can motivate each other." – Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, on boyfriend Rory McIlroy’s gym habits.
"I find it fascinating, people criticize him for taking people to dinner – he should be doing that every night. They criticize him for playing golf with people who he's got to deal with. He should be doing that every weekend." – New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, on the criticism President Obama receives for playing golf. He explained his rationale saying that playing golf with someone is a good way to build a social relationship and in turn will help a working relationship.
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