“Don’t anoint him as the crown prince yet. He has won one major. When he starts to win two, three or four, then you can say he’s the guy we’ve got to watch, period.” – Jack Nicklaus, on how the media is overzealously reacting to Rory McIlroy since his 8-shot U.S. Open win.
“He’s a very determined and talented young man, and I think he’s determined to get himself healthy. He’s still plenty young enough to play a lot of good golf. I think you’ll see a lot from Tiger … Whether he overhauls my record or not, it will be interesting to watch.” – Nicklaus again, commenting about Tiger Woods’ career moving forward amid the recent questions of his current, and future, health.
“People are going to come up with the most random things … If someone says something bad, there’s always that nice little ‘block’ button.” – Rickie Fowler, talking to GolfChannel.com senior writer Jason Sobel about responding to negative comments he receives on Twitter.
“It is kind of like Groundhog Day. It seems like we’ve been doing this over and over again.” – Ben Kimball, U.S. Women’s Open championship director, on the repeated weather delays during each round of the U.S. Women's Open at The Broadmoor.
“Not to put any pressure on me, but I was walking up to the 18th green, and everyone was like, `You have to make it to make the cut,’ … I was like, `OK.’” – Michelle Wie, on needing to birdie her 36th hole to make the U.S. Women’s Open halfway cut.
“I’m really proud of myself for making it,” – Wie again, on making the 35-foot birdie effort to make the cut on the number.
“Sometimes, you wonder if she's mentally strong enough to finish at the top," – Annika Sorenstam, commenting on the career of Michelle Wie, after Wie was held to very lofty expectations at a young age.
“You know it’s early when I don’t have makeup on,” – Paula Creamer, joking about returning to The Broadmoor early Saturday morning to complete her second round of the U.S. Women’s Open.
“We sat in a school bus. It was 20 people in a little school bus. There was no place to go.” – Stacy Lewis, commenting on a weather delay during the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open while she was leading. Lewis came out of the delay with a strained back, and subsequently fell out of the lead.
“I think I was just trying too hard. I’m trying to play well, trying to hit it close to the pin. Sometimes when you try harder, the worse you get.” – Yani Tseng, on her struggles during the first two rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open. In winning, she would complete the women’s grand slam and win her fifth major championship title.
"I heeled it really bad way right, and I really was hoping they wouldn't find it so I'd have to go back to the tee because I got stuck on my first approach when they did find it I'm going how can I get it left so I can take an unplayable because where it was there I would have to go all the way to the maintenance shed which would probably be out of bounds … So I hit it a couple times and then took an unplayable, couldn't get it out, hit it again, took an unplayable, couldn't get it out. Then I got it far enough left that I could drop, you know, and then get in the bunker and two-putted for a 13." – John Daly, commenting on his 9-over-par 13 during the second round of the John Deere Classic, which he carded on the par-4 fourth hole of TPC Deere Run.
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