"Starting with [Hank] Haney until now, it was a complete and absolute destruction. … If it was me [as Woods' instructor], I would say to Tiger, 'Look, dude, I'm not helping you. You're getting worse. You've broken down three times and you've had 57 knee surgeries. It's not happening.'" – Rocco Mediate, giving his thoughts on Woods' swing, according to Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I always enjoy competing in my home state, and this tournament fits my schedule perfectly. … I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends.” – Tiger Woods, announcing last Monday that he has committed to play in the Frys.com Open, Oct. 6-9, at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif. The event is 40 minutes south of Stanford, his alma mater.
“Golf feels pretty easy at the moment but that’s not always the case.” – Thomas Bjorn, after a few dark years in the golf world, following his second straight win - and third of the year - at the European Masters in Switzerland.
“I think we definitely spur each other on. She’s No. 1 in the world and I’ve got a major, and we sort of both want what each other have. … It’s a big goal of mine. I want to become the best player in the world.” – Rory McIlroy, currently ranked sixth in the world, on the influence his No. 1 tennis player girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki may have on his ascending to the top of the rankings.
“It’s sad what’s happened, the way he’s playing. It’s the golf swing.” – Mediate, again, on what he believes is to blame for Tiger Woods' demise.
“Tiger's record while I helped him speaks for itself. The last three years I was with Tiger he won 45 percent of his starts; he finished in the top-10 in 85 percent of his tournaments ... The assertion by Rocco that my teaching somehow contributed to Tiger's decline is frankly absurd and clearly not supported by the facts." – Hank Haney, with the specifics as to how he helped – not hurt – Tiger’s game.
“I do not know if I will play on the PGA Tour next year but I will definitely be playing on the European Tour.” – Martin Kaymer, on his plans for 2012. Kaymer’s best finish in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event this season is a loss to Luke Donald in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play. He missed the cut at both the Masters and PGA Championship.
“Thanks to Suzann Pettersen for carrying my butt today. Great group of players this year.” – Woods, again, who tweeted Thursday on his less-than-stellar performance while paired with LPGA star Suzann Pettersen in a better-ball format in the Notah Begay Challenge.
"It's awkward to me, but so many guys have had success with it that I thought I'd give it a try." – Phil Mickelson, on his decision to experiment with a belly putter for the first time as a professional at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
“I don’t even think I got a skin there today.” – Brandt Snedeker, jokingly referring to the fact that Greg Chalmers aced the very same hole just minutes after Snedeker had a hole-in-one at the par-3 16th on Saturday at TPC Boston.
Contributions from writers and editors on the Golf Channel Digital team.
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