Quotes of the Week

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“We think it’s going to create country pride like you’ve never seen before.” – LPGA commissioner Mike Whan, on the new biennial international team competition the LPGA is creating. The format calls for six to eight countries with teams of four or more women.

“I missed The Players Championship last year when watching it on television.” – Lee Westwood, on why he decided to take up PGA Tour membership in 2012.

“It’s a plan but obviously if I don’t get clearance from Augusta, I am not going to do it.” – Jason Day, on wanting to spread his father's ashes on Augusta National. Alvyn Day, who gave Jason his start in golf, died of cancer when Day was 12, and one of his final requests was that his son spread some of his ashes at Augusta if Day ever played there.

“I am just a little bit stale or I’ve lost a little bit of luster or faith in that side of my game because of the fact that I put so much importance on it.” – Padraig Harrington, on how his mental game has been less than stellar in 2011. 

'I'm very happy to take it out and let people have a look at it and see all the names on it.' – Darren Clarke, 2011 Open Championship victor on traveling with the Claret Jug.

“It is wrong to suggest that John snubbed our invitation, he did no such thing.” – South African Open promoter Mbali Ngqula, assuring the public that there were no hard feelings on John Daly’s decision to decline entry into the event.

'I would never go back and change it. … No question about it. He would have been my man.” – Greg Norman, defending his Presidents Cup captain’s pick Robert Allenby, despite Allenby having gone 0-4-0 for the Internationals.

“He picked who he thought was the best team. He made a great choice. They won.” – Keegan Bradley, 2011 PGA champion, defending Fred Couples’ captain’s pick of Tiger Woods over him.

“I don't know if he made that strong a comeback; he only won two out of five matches.” – Ernie Els, on not being overly impressed by Tiger Woods’ performance at the Presidents Cup.

“I was surprised to see that a par was good enough, but that’s how it goes sometime in a playoff.” – Greg Chalmers, on winning a three-man playoff against Marcus Fraser and Robert Allenby to secure the Australian PGA Championship.