"I’m going to tell you something: If (McIlroy) doesn’t come and play Bay Hill, he might have a broken arm and he won’t have to worry about where he’s going to play next." – Arnold Palmer, joking on "Morning Drive" about Rory McIlroy not playing the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational. McIlroy has never played the tournament.
"I'm excited. I'm really happy to become the youngest player at the Masters and look forward to going there. I don't know what's going to happen there, but I know I just want to do well." – Tianlang Guan, 14, after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and an invitation to The Masters in the process.
"It's just so nice to get my hands on another trophy." – Ian Poulter, after rallying from a four-stroke deficit Sunday in China to win the WGC-HSBC Champions.
"I was tired and doing these things are easy. Competing and getting ready for another golf tournament, I just didn't want to do that." – Tiger Woods, on his decision to skip the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, opting instead to hold a putting clinic for a select group of junior golfers in Singapore.
''Things are progressing nicely. Last year I was 127th on the money list, this year I was second. So I think that's a pretty good improvement in a year. And given that I'm healthy, I'm really looking forward to next year.'' – Woods, while at the putting clinic, assessing his season during which he won three times on the PGA Tour.
"Of course we’re disappointed not to have the two top players in the world. Both have sent me apologies, but this is an event which should be regarded by all players as it is by the tours and the media as one of the top events in the world." – Giles Morgan, head of sponsorship at HSBC, who was not pleased with the decision by both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to skip this week's WGG-HSBC Champions.
"I’m going to do whatever I have to do to protect myself and the other players on Tour." – Keegan Bradley, reacting to early reports that golf's governing bodies will ban anchored putters. Other players, such as Carl Pettersson, have already threatened legal action over the potential ban.
"Ive played at a high level with both styles of putting. If you look at the stats this year, it doesn’t say I’m putting that much better, but I enjoy playing golf with the long one." – Adam Scott, commenting on the ongoing long putter debate. He maintains that no one has yet to give him a good reason to outlaw the putting style.
"My mechanic who just started with me two months ago had the levee break near his house and watched his two cars float down the street. People lost their houses. I grew up at the Jersey Shore. It’s gone. We lose a couple of trees and it’s not life or death. We’ll get through it." – Frank Tichenor, golf course superintendent at Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, N.J., on Hurricane Sandy's impact on the golf course compared to to the rest of the area.
"When the Hurricane Preparedness Plan was given to me, I was kind of shocked. I’m in New Jersey, what the heck do I need a Hurricane Preparedness Plan for? Well, now we’ve experienced two of them in the last two years." – Dan Guinle, general manager of Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, N.J. The course is up and running after Hurricane Sandy ravaged most of the Northeast due to a plan implemented by Billy Casper Golf, which owns 25 courses in the region.
"He's not going to want to miss any of them. He won't want to miss the last two rounds here, let's be honest. Hopefully he's OK, but knowing him he'd have to be pretty bad not to play." – Graeme McDowell's manager Conor Ridge, commenting on the possibility of McDowell withdrawing from the WGC-HSBC due to a freak accident in which he caught his hand in a hotel door this week in China. The Ulsterman later tweeted that his hand was only bruised, not broken, and he finished the tournament.
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