"I thought I literally had a chance to die." – Charlie Beljan, on his scary health situation during the second round at Disney.
"I think he was scared. He just had that feeling. I don't know why. But it was spooky. – Rick Adcox, Beljan's caddie, on how Beljan felt during the second round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Beljan shot a 64 that day and opened up a three-shot lead before being rushed to the hospital.
“There have been only a handful of people in my life, who I can say with conviction influenced me both inside and outside the ropes. ... Jim (Flick) should be remembered as one of the all-time great teachers. ... He was a great teacher, a great man, and a great friend. Barbara and I will miss him a lot.” – Jack Nicklaus, on the passing of Hall of Fame instructor Jim Flick, 82, after a bout with pancreatic cancer.
“You have to be selfish sometimes. First and foremost, you have to look after yourself and fit in the things that you want to do. You see some guys, golf is everything; it’s their life. Of course it’s my life, and I’m very lucky to do it, but sometimes you just need to step away from it and decompress in a way. Spending last week with Caroline definitely helped me do that.” – Rory McIlroy, defending his decision not to play the WGC-HSBC Champions to instead take time off and spend it with his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
“Doing the right thing and doing what I know is right in my heart and in my conscience is more important than short-term success.” – Blayne Barber, 22, after disqualifying himself from Q-School for signing an incorrect scorecard six days after advancing to the second stage. Barber was unsure if he’d brushed a leaf in a bunker in Round 2 of the first stage, but he immediately called a one-stroke penalty on himself. After the round, he learned it should have been a two-stroke penalty.
"I wouldn't change this for anything. I'm happy with what I'm doing. I'm happy having a son ... Hopefully, our family will grow next year." – Lorena Ochoa, on how she has no plans to return to professional golf. Ochoa retired at age 28 while still the No. 1-ranked player in the world.
"I’m not necessarily sure (Tiger's) views on the putters are correct at all. I don’t think the putter should be the shortest club in the bag; that has never been a rule in golf so I don’t know why it should be now.” – Adam Scott, challenging the anchoring ban and Tiger Woods' stance on long putters.
“I feel like if you can win a PGA tournament, you should be in Augusta. ... And (Tianlang Guan) being 14, he’s young enough; he’s got plenty of time. But I’m 37, so there’s a lot of difference in age there and opportunity, as well. But it’s OK – I never complain about a win.” – Tommy Gainey, who despite winning a PGA Tour event (McGladrey Classic) two weeks ago, does not qualify for the 2013 Masters. Tianlang Guan, 14, will be playing in because of his Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship victory.
“I’m working hard to win a major. Players get looked upon by how many majors they won, and that’s right there in the forefront of my mind. I feel like I need to compete and get my hands on one of those majors. … I can only say it burns harder and harder each major that slides by." – Ian Poulter, on becoming part of the 'best player without a major' conversation.
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