"I have been looking, I have been looking. But it won't take winning this week to buy you a nice present – I'll get you a nice present anyway." – Rory McIlroy's response when girlfriend Caroline Wozniaki jokingly grabbed the microphone from a reporter and asked him if a win at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai would mean a really nice Christmas present. The playful banter continued with McIlroy calling her a better tennis player than cheerleader.
"It's a statistic of which I'm very proud. I think my previous longest run would probably be about 40 or 50 holes, so that puts it in perspective." – Luke Donald, after running his bogey-free streak to 100 holes on the the Earth Course in Dubai.
"The doctors told me to take four months off, but that's not in my dictionary. I love this game too much." – Jeev Milkha Singh, after carding a 64 that tied the course record during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship, despite an injured finger. He dedicated the round to his ailing mother, who is in intensive care and needs major surgery after falling in her garden.
"I’ve done a little bit. After the Ryder Cup, I started to test a little bit. I’ve got six or seven weeks to really get into it. I’m pretty much set with everything, just a matter of getting more comfortable with it, playing a few rounds, and it should be OK." – McIlroy, on the equipment switch he will be making after the season. McIlroy did not mention his new equipment manufacturer by name, but rumor has it he is heading to Nike Golf for a deal worth an estimated $200 million.
"I did it properly, getting down on one knee. She was very shocked and had no idea what was going on." – Graeme McDowell, explaining how he popped the question to long-time girlfriend Kirstin Stape, asking for her hand in marriage atop the 656-foot high helipad at the Burg Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.
"I found out in July I had an astigmatism. I had a little bit of a problem in one eye. I started wearing contacts and could tell the difference, but I was uncomfortable with them and didn't wear them during the Ryder Cup. That's why I got the surgery done and it only took about five minutes, so I'm glad I did." – Sergio Garcia, who played for the first time since the Ryder Cup at this week's DP World Tour Championship after taking time off to get laser eye surgery.
"This time last year, I was heading to tour school – that seems so far away now. It has been a great year ... a dream come true." – Branden Grace, at this week's DP World Tour Championship, reminiscing on a rookie campaign that included four wins.
"I shot 67 doing handstands today. Sometimes you do that when your expectations are low. – Padraig Harrington, on opening with a 5-under 67 at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Harrington hasn't won on the European Tour since 2008.
"The whole place went nuts." – Jonathan Cook, on his and his playing partner, Peter Hough's back-to-back aces at the the par-3 ninth hole at The Lakes in Sydney which will host the Australian Open next month. According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of two players from the same foursome recording an ace on the same hole are estimated at 17 million to one.
"I just wanted to finish the season the way I thought I deserved to finish the season. You know, I played so well throughout the year, and I didn't want to just let it tail off sort of timidly. I wanted to come here and finish in style." – McIlroy, after birdieing the final five holes to edge Justin Rose by two shots and win the DP World Tour Championship.
"I thought it was going to be good, to be honest. I caught a glimpse of the board walking to the 18th tee. I saw Rory had gone birdie, birdie, and he's putting the squeeze on. But I knew that is what Rory does." – Rose, after firing a course-record 10-under 62, only to be caught by McIlroy.
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