Quotes of the Week


'I spoke to Tiger about it. There’s no hard feelings at all. We had a great conversation. He just did what he did.' – Dustin Johnson,  on Tiger Woods hiring DJ's caddie, Joe LaCava.

'I really wasn't thinking a lot about winning. I just wanted to make her proud and somehow, you know, the eagle fell in the bottom of the cup on 17, and I felt like I know they are watching. I felt like I had some help up there. Excited to win, but I'd rather have my sister back.' – Kenny Perry, who won the Champions Tour's SAS Championship after his sister, Kay, died Saturday night following a long fight with breast cancer.

'I don’t think I’ll ever get burned out because it’s what I love, and I enjoy it so much.' – Lexi Thompson, after learning she will be granted membership to the LPGA beginning in 2012.

“She doesn’t have to carry any more weight than the weight of her bag.” – LPGA commissioner Michael Whan, upon granting Thompson membership, on the supposed expectations of the 16-year-old.

'They are major champions … they have been my inspirations.' – Michael Hoey, after holding off fellow countrymen and U.S. Open champs Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell to win the Dunhill Links Championship.

'So I've had to sit down and reassess my goals. That sounds easy but actually isn't. I'm not 27 or 30; I'm 43 with two kids aged 13 and 11 and a wonderful fiancée. All the stuff I would have done without thinking 15 years ago, I can't do now. I have different commitments and I have to juggle different balls these days.' – Darren Clarke, on how life has changed since his breakthrough major win at this year's British Open.

“I think it was because I wanted so badly to go back to play Augusta again.” – Hideki Matsuyama, talking about the nerves he was battling as he won the Asian Amateur Championship and with it a return trip to Augusta National for next year's Masters Tournament.

“After five years being a professional, all of a sudden I was No. 1 in the world. All of a sudden, you see your name up there and people approach you different. There’s not going to be the hype, it’s not going to be as big. Not as big as it was when I was the second German to become No. 1 and with a new golf era in Germany starting and all of those things. I think I’m better prepared this time.” – Martin Kaymer, on what it was like being the No. 1 player in the world and how he thinks it will be different if he does it again.

“I think we are kind of similar guys. I think we are kind of sentimental in a way. I know that your [Davis Love III] father passed away early, and unfortunately I lost a dear friend and a mentor [Seve Ballesteros] not long ago. I’m pretty sure that both of them will be looking on us. When everything is done and over, all I can hope for is that both of them will be proud of us.” – Jose Maria Olazabal, talking with Davis Love III during a Ryder Cup press conference.

“We will argue during the week of the Ryder Cup. We had some arguments [at the 2010 Ryder Cup] in Wales ... But that's part of it. That's competitive sports. It's how much pine tar is on the bat. It's part of the game.” – Love, talking about the ultra-competitive nature of the Ryder Cup.