"Nicklaus." – Tiger Woods, when asked this week to identify the greatest golfer in history. His reasoning? Because Woods is "four majors back."
"We wanted to have a little bit more direct interaction with fans, and they've been very good to him over the years. We're probably a little bit behind with social media and this is a way to do that." – Woods' agent Mark Steinberg, on the decision for Woods to forgo his typical pre-tournament press conference to answer questions directly from fans submitted through social media channels, starting this week at Quail Hollow.
''I saw it coming and it looked like it was hooking right at me. I wanted to see that big hook, you know, and I got to see it. I turned and ducked and it still hit me. ... It gave him a good bounce, anyway.'' – Radd Leonard, the Bubba Watson fan who was struck in the head by Watson's wayward drive during the second round of the Zurich Classic.
"I've been watching what I eat. I was eating a lot of raw nuts in my bag. Usually I would hit every one of those stops. I'm trying to eat some better stuff because I tend to not eat so well." – Steve Stricker, on his run of better play over the last few years despite being 45 years old.
"I'm so out of it right now, golf is a hard thing to do right now. Anytime I hit a full swing I'm just exhausted, takes my breath away, just trying to fight through it." – Bubba Watson, on his Masters hangover at the Zurich Classic, his first competitive action since winning the green jacket three weeks ago.
"I think it's in trouble. I know that it's very exciting on Tour, but it's not exciting for a lot of people to have to play these courses that they're building for the Tour players. Why they're building these golf courses longer than 6,900 yards is beyond me." – Lee Trevino, on why golf courses are too long and too hard for the average golfer.
"That was a smashie niblick." – Camilo Villegas, after sticking his approach close during a reenactment of a three-hole exhibition from 1912, complete with authentic attire and equipment from the era.
"Michelle has really got to re-prove herself. Certainly, Michelle hasn’t started the year very well, but everyone has to give her a little time, cut her a little slack." – David Leadbetter, on Michelle Wie's struggles on the LPGA.
"I don’t have a problem with making it public. If you make a fool of yourself then why shouldn’t everyone find out. Look at Tiger Woods, he can’t even pick his own nose without someone watching him." – Robert Allenby, on the PGA Tour publicizing punishments and sanctions.
"I’m looking for somebody special and somebody I can respect, that’s why I’m choosing a guy from the service." – Lexi Thompson, on the social media contest she is using to pick her prom date.
"I'm an unashamed Tiger fan. I miss him. I miss him as a player and the person he was." – David Feherty, on his adoration for the 14-time major winner.
"I don't know that guys are following anyone but their own selves today. We live in a pretty selfish world. It's not a criticism, in my mind that's a fact." – Hal Sutton, former U.S. Ryder Cup captain, giving advice to current captain Davis Love III. Sutton famously paired Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in team play at in 2004 and was trounced 18 ½ to 9 ½.
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