Quotes of the Week


“We want to cut out an American’s heart and present it to them on the 18th green.” – Greg Norman, at the Presidents Cup Tuesday night gala, on how badly he wanted an International team win. They lost, 19-15.

“Fred could have picked anybody, and I’m thankful that he had faith in me to be a part of the team.” – Tiger Woods, who earned the Cup-clinching point Sunday when he defeated Aaron Baddeley in singles, 4 and 3.

“I’m ready to play golf at the highest level, and I want to be No. 1 in the future, so I issue this warning.” – Hee Kyung Seo - tongue in cheek - in her acceptance speech upon receiving the Rolex Rookie of Year award during Thursday’s Rolex Awards Reception, staring directly at No. 1 Yani Tseng.

“We talked about it. I wanted to take the afternoon off if it was possible. This gives me a chance to get ready for my singles match.” – Phil Mickelson, on telling U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples to bench him in Saturday’s afternoon fourballs. Mickelson was diagnosed with Psoriatic arthritis in 2010 and turned 41 in June.

'I think I said three words – I’m shocked, overwhelmed and so honored.” – Hollis Stacy, 57, on the announcement she will be part of the 2012 list of inductees at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla. Stacy won 18 times on the LPGA including four major championships in an eight-year span.

'We won this week because we're better players.' – Fred Couples, on how his U.S. Presidents Cup squad edged the Internationals, 19-15, for their seventh win in nine Cups.

“I’ve been so impressed with the way the Americans have adapted to the conditions.” – Frank Nobilo, assistant International captain to Greg Norman.

“What’s wrong with the host nation of having the choice of the format anyway? Any golf tournament has got to be fine-tuned every year.” – Norman, again, on wanting to see changes made to the foursomes (alternate shot) matches and to have four captain’s picks.

“That grass is like ice.' – John Cook, assistant captain to Fred Couples, on how tough the conditions were over the first two days at Royal Melbourne.

“The last couple of times we went out, we have not been good. Just one of those things; we were a little off and they played great and that combination led to a lopsided defeat.” – Steve Stricker, on his and Tiger Woods’ 7-and-6 loss in Day 1 foursomes to Adam Scott and K.J. Choi.