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''It's unfortunate. There was a lot of effort put in to rectify the situation. A number of factors contributed, Mother Nature being the biggest. But you know our standard. They deserve good greens, and we didn't produce good greens. And we'll make sure that never happens again.'' – Wells Fargo tournament director Kym Hougham, not hiding his disappointment over the Quail Hollow greens. The greens on Nos. 8 and 10 had to be replaced by sod just last week and were played under a local rule of lift, clean and place all week.


''You can't lie about it – the greens are shaky. There is still a hole out there. Someone's going to have to make putts this week. Someone's going to win the golf tournament. They're still giving out a trophy and a jacket at the end of Sunday.'' – Wells Fargo defending champion Rickie Fowler, one of the players with a more positive attitude about Quail Hollow’s patchy greens. On four greens, the players were asked to only hit one shot in the practice rounds and limit their putting to alleviate any extra stress.


''I'm trying to see how many bounces it takes to get to the hole. That was 22 for a 33-foot putt.''Robert Allenby, on the Quail Hollow practice green before the start of the tournament, describing his peculiar training technique to prepare for the Wells Fargo Championship. Multiple players withdrew after seeing the state of the greens.


'He couldn’t have putted it. Well, he could have, but he wouldn’t have made it.' – Greg Hearmon, Sergio Garcia’s caddie, on Garcia’s chip-in from on the green with a 52-degree wedge in the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship. Some believed the move was a silent yet visual protest to the state of Quail Hollow’s greens.


'It's not a violation of the Doping Code for you to use deer antler spray. Now, however, if you read the WADA language, next Wednesday, if we get a test and there is a level set and we test for it but we'll be very aggressive in letting people know when that test comes around.' – PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, after announcing that the doping case against Vijay Singh had been dropped. Singh withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship after the decision was announced.


'I hope they would respond in a respectful way. We've got a lot of personalities out on Tour, so I know if it happened, I would hope that everyone would not do anything to make the person feel bad or to put them down. That's the way I think of our Tour. Our Tour is a place where guys know each other and see each other every week. It's different than the NBA. You've got your one small team, but the Tour is kind of like a big family.'Webb Simpson, on the possibility of a player coming out as openly gay on the PGA Tour, in response to NBA player Jason Collins announcing he was gay, becoming the first in North America’s big four team sports to come out publicly.


'There was quite a lot of hoopla going on around me for the first couple of months of the year. But once that settled down, it let me focus on what I need to, which is playing golf.'Rory McIlroy, acknowledging his early-season struggles after a second-round 71 that put him in contention at the Wells Fargo Championship. He ultimately finished T-10.


'I think that the greens are putting very, very good, obviously, because I've putted them well.' – Phil Mickelson, with his famous Cheshire cat grin, after a second-round 67 that put him in the lead at Quail Hollow, where the patchy greens were the storyline all week. Through the first two rounds, Mickelson was 31 for 31 on putts inside 10 feet.


'Nobody's more surprised than I am. Have you seen my resume this year?'Scott Gardiner, after a 70-67 put him in the Wells Fargo mix heading into the weekend. The Aussie had failed to make the cut in each of his last eight PGA Tour starts, failing to cash a check since early February.


'I don't support the belly putter. I think it's bad for the game of golf.'Padraig Harrington, who, in the ultimate ironic twist, switched to the anchored putter for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship. That didn't pan out so well, however, because he opened in 80 at Quail Hollow.

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