Quotes of the Week


“We’re a world-class organization. At the time we got involved with golf, we were told by the Tour we needed a big name, and that’s how our relationship with Justin came about. Justin’s a wonderful person. But we tried everything we could to get him more involved with our kids and the hospitals. But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren’t on, he disappeared.” – Raoul Frevel, chairman of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, on this being the last year that Timberlake will host the tournament.

'I didn't get abused, but you get comments like: 'Top it! Shank it! You're going to lose.' Stuff like that on every shot you play. Every single shot you hit last week, that's what you get. So apparently that's how it is.' – Paul Lawrie on his treatment from the U.S. fans last week at the Ryder Cup.

'As a golfer, you have to be resilient. It’s the nature of the game. I have been to the depths of the game before, where you have to pick yourself up. I’ve been through this before. I’ll be fine.' – Steve Stricker, after his 0-4 showing in the Ryder Cup.

'Beating Paula will be fun and another win in my already memorable career.' – Gary McCord, who never won in 422 PGA Tour appearances but did claim a pair of Champions Tour titles in 1999, on his 18-hole exhibition match against Paula Creamer where they will play from the same tees.

'I'm playing against Gary McCord? You mean the CBS golf commentator? I didn't even realize he played golf.' – Creamer, the 2010 U.S. Women's Open champion.

'He’s good enough to win an Open. He's that good.' – Ernie Els, on fellow South African Branden Grace.

'It's good to get back to playing. It distracts me for four, five hours a day from thinking about last week. I've got a lot of great memories from last week, and when I get by myself, I start second-guessing and start wishing that we would have done something a little different and could've gotten those guys a win.' – Davis Love III, on playing this week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after last week's loss in the Ryder Cup.

'It's gonna ruin my golf day to talk to another moron. What's with you guys?' – Bill Murray, talking to the Scottish media at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

'I might not send him many Christmas cards.' – Peter Hanson, on European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, after Olazabal only put Hanson in one match before Sunday's singles.

'I wasn't joking about it. When we were here (at Muirfield Village) last night, I said 'Could I pick him?'. A couple of guys from the Tour said, 'Yeah, he would love that.' And then a couple other guys – maybe one pretty high up there – said, 'He's hosting the thing, he can't do that.'' – Fred Couples, on asking Jack Nicklaus to be an assistant captain for next year's Presidents Cup at Nicklaus' Muirfield Village.

'Excessive drinking is not good for my health, my family or my game. There has definitely been a change, and I feel better for it. If I don't have one more party for the rest of my life, I'm still ahead of the game.' – Els, on the effect cutting back on drinking and partying has had on his life.

'That was the same the last time I played in the Ryder Cup in '99, and I think they (U.S. team) said it's the same when they come here.' – More from Lawrie on fan abuse at the Ryder Cup.