"I have no goals here because I don't get in anything. Everyone turned me down on the West Coast." – John Daly, on abandoning his quest for a PGA Tour card to instead focus on locking down a European Tour card.
"Dad, that’s as good as I got. That’s the best I can play. I don’t think I could have played that round any better." – Tommy Gainey, talking to his father, Tommy Sr., on the phone after his 10-under 60 in the final round of the McGladrey Classic. Gainey waited two hours to see if anyone could catch him. He held on for a one-shot victory over David Toms to secure his first Tour win.
"Well, I’ve gotta tell you, they have already got their careers set. I’m pulling against them." – Gainey Sr., saying he agreed that his son had done all he could but that he also worried about his pursuers, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk and , a trio with 49 Tour victories among them.
"When you've made the last five teams, you know how much fun it is. And when you're not there, you know what you're missing, and it sucks. It feels like you let yourself down in a way. It definitely kicks you in the teeth a little bit." – Hunter Mahan, on not making the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
"He went above and beyond. We knew we had to get it to the ocean as fast as possible." – Melissa McCormack, director of club operations at San Juan Hills Golf Club in Capistrano, Calif., on a course marshal coming across a 2-foot-long shark fighting for its life near the 12th tee box.
"There should a pecking order of guys who are next in line, and Paul McGinley really has good enough credentials to be a Ryder Cup captain. Darren ... would make for a great captain in America as they love him over there. His personality suits America, and they see him as the cigar-smoking, Guinness-drinking nice guy that he is." – Graeme McDowell, on whether Paul McGinley or Darren Clarke should be the next European Ryder Cup captain.
"Personally, probably I have spoken a little bit more to McGinley. He always seems very up for the challenge. I do believe that if he doesn't get it this year, he probably won't get it. Whereas I feel like Darren will have other opportunities." – Luke Donald, chiming in on McGinley and Clarke, as well.
"I flipped on the TV, and I saw Fred. The last time I had seen Fred, he hit a drive off the first tee in Seattle and couldn't play because of a bad back. He's on a chair at what looked like Riviera. I turn it up, and I hear him talk about getting a phone call from the commissioner and the Hall of Fame. It was disappointing." – Mark O'Meara, on not getting voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, while Fred Couples was.
"I’ve always said winning one major championship turns a good year into a great year. I’ve had years where I’ve won five times on Tour. Yeah, it’s a really good year, no doubt, but winning a major championship just makes it a great year. The majors are such a different animal and different breed, and we place so much emphasis on the them." – Tiger Woods, on how he would classify his season.
"We have your typical coyotes, skunks and the occasional mountain lion. But nothing like a shark." – McCormack, again, on the marshal's shocking find.
"Annika told me that world No. 1 is the loneliest place on the earth." – Yani Tseng, at the unveiling of an exhibit in Taipei, Taiwan that celebrates her rise to the No. 1 ranking in the world.
"No disrespect at all to Fred Couples, who has had a lovely career. I understand that he won two TPCs, the Masters. But I won more PGA Tour events, more majors. I won a U.S. Amateur. I mention this to Bernhard Langer, and he said, 'You're going to get in.' Is it when I stop playing? When I'm 6 feet under? When there's no one left to put in?" – O'Meara, again, on Couples' Hall of Fame induction.
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