“At 14, he’s not trying to pay his house off, you know? He’s living off his parents. It’s one of those things where he doesn’t understand what’s going on right now. I mean, he does understand, but he doesn’t have the bad thoughts.” – Bubba Watson, on amateur phenom Guan Tianlang.
“He's in the eighth grade! The eighth grade and he's playing in the Masters! And he gets a penalty? Can you imagine giving a 14-year-old kid a penalty for slow play? There's hundreds of guys who are much slower probably than (he was), and they figure out a way to get away with it.” – Jack Nicklaus, to the Associated Press, on Guan’s slow-play penalty at the Masters.
“I had the yips so badly with that little putter yesterday that I thought I had bleeding ulcers. My belly was burning up so much that I thought I had eaten some jalapeno peppers.” – Lee Trevino, to Golfweek, on his putting in the first round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
“I'm disappointed at the way that campaign was conducted. It put rule-making onto the negotiating table.” – R&A chief executive Peter Dawson, to The Independent, on the proposed ban on anchoring.
“Could they have disqualified him? Probably. But you've got all the best rules heads together, and they said that they thought there was no intent to do anything (improper) and that two strokes was a strong enough penalty. And you move on.” – Nicklaus, again, on Tiger Woods’ two-stroke penalty at the Masters.
“If anybody’s telling you they’re not scared at some point during the round, then they’re lying to you, and they’re trying to be tough. Their mental coach told them to be tougher than me, I guess.” – Watson, again, on playing golf for a living.
“Now I see why they want to make this one illegal. It's like cheating. I swear to God. This is the easiest thing I've ever seen to putt with, is that belly putter.” – Trevino, again, after borrowing a belly putter from his playing partner, Mike Hill, for the second round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
“I know many will say we were late doing this, and that is unarguably true. But we did react to an upsurge in use of anchored strokes, and one might say it is never too late to do the right thing.” – Dawson, again, on anchoring.
“People say, ‘Should Tiger have withdrawn himself?’ I don't think so at all. If Tiger did that, he'd be putting himself in a position of saying, ‘I'm above the rules.’ You accept the ruling, whether it's good or bad for you.” – Nicklaus, again, on Woods’ penalty.
“You know, at 34 years old, I’ve hit enough bad shots where now I get to worry about them. But he doesn’t see that yet. Right now, this is his first time in the tournament, and he’s enjoying every minute of it. I am too, but I worry. He’s 14. He doesn’t worry yet.” – Watson, again, on Guan.