Quotes of the Week


“I was very sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He was a friend and an opponent, and I had the utmost respect for him throughout his career. He was a great competitor, and the golf world will miss him.” – Arnold Palmer, on the death of Ken Venturi.

“If there is some sense of fairness, it is that Ken was inducted into a Hall of Fame that he very much deserved to be in and in fact, should have been in for many years. While I know he was not able to be there in person for his induction, I am certain there was an overwhelming sense of pride and peace that embraced Ken. It was a dream of Ken Venturi’s that became a reality before he sadly left us.” – Jack Nicklaus, on Venturi.

“I'm so happy he lived to know he was going to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. I will cherish my 17 years working with him. But more than that, I will treasure the rich, personal, deep friendship that we shared for nearly 30 years.” – Jim Nantz, on Venturi.

“Ken was not only one of golf’s greatest champions but also the signature voice of golf for almost two generations of fans and viewers. His stature, expertise and personality working in the 18th tower alongside Pat Summerall, Jim Nantz and the rest of the CBS golf team will forever be synonymous with the greatest golf events on CBS.” – Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, on Venturi.

“There is no excuse for that display of golf over the last two days. It's disgusting, disgraceful and there's no explanation.”Ian Poulter, to Sky Sports, after losing his match to Thomas Aiken, 1-up, on Friday at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

“It was very impressive. The work he has put in is paying off. Besides the 14th hole, he played great golf, and he is looking really good for the future. It looks like he might get a major if he keeps doing what he is doing before the year is out.” – Johnny Miller, on Tiger Woods’ victory at The Players Championship.

“There was so much about this win that was unique. It was all new. It was a new Tiger. And yet there was so much about this tournament that reminded me of the old Tiger. He was a tactician like he was at Hoylake in 2006 under Hank Haney. He broke this golf course down technically and clinically. He was relentless like he was in 2001, when eventually Vijay Singh broke down and made the mistake at 14. Today, it was Sergio Garcia at 17.” – Brandel Chamblee, on Woods’ second win at TPC Sawgrass.

“I don’t know. It sounds like I was the bad guy here. I was the victim. I don’t have any regrets or anything.”Sergio Garcia, on his contentious exchanges with Woods at The Players.

“It's kind of sad to think that Trump has nothing better to do than use his billions to try and undermine Scotland's ambition of becoming a cleaner, greener, job-creating nation. He may be happy wasting his own money. But, defending his legal action is likely to cost the Scottish taxpayer too.” – Lang Banks, WWF Scotland director, on Donald Trump’s lawsuit against the Scottish government over an approved wind farm that will be built near the Trump International Golf Links resort.

“My concentration was simply not there, and therefore, you make mental errors when you have not used your brain. It's completely unacceptable.” – Poulter, again, to Sky Sports, on his early exit from the Match Play. He would go on to say that with an unexpected amount of free time on the weekend, he would next head for “the tallest tree with the shortest rope.”