Quotes of the Year

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'It was difficult following that. But it’s not really for me to talk about bad drives.” – Phil Mickelson, following a couple awful tee shots by Tiger Woods at Doral early in the season. 

“There’s no common sense involved with a number of the rules, so that needs to be addressed, and even Jack Nicklaus said it last week himself.” – Ian Poulter, in the on-going debate about the Rules of Golf and how they pertain to tournament play.

'He was a friend, a mentor and a father figure to me ... I was blessed to have his guiding hand extended to me at the age of 26. I am comforted knowing, as long as there is golf being televised anywhere in the world, Frank Chirkinian lives.' – Jim Nantz, CBS' lead golf announcer since 1989, on the passing of the man who helped shape his profession.

“I just unraveled.” – Rory McIlroy, explaining his final-round collapse at the Masters.

'It's a dream for me ... it's obviously the highlight of my golf career, by a long way. I always thought if there was one I would win, it would be this one.' – Charl Schwartzel, after finishing with four straight birdies to win at Augusta National.

“America had Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Seve was our Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus rolled into one. You can’t speak too highly of him. Seve was Europe’s best ever player.” – Bernard Gallacher, three-time European Ryder Cup captain, after the death of Seve Ballesteros.

“It was his creativity, his imagination, and his desire to compete that made him so popular not only in Europe but throughout American galleries, too. He was a great entertainer. No matter the golf that particular day, you always knew you were going to be entertained. Seve’s enthusiasm was just unmatched by anybody I think that ever played the game.” – Jack Nicklaus on Seve Ballesteros.

“I think he needs help, whether it is professional help or really a good friend that he can communicate with. I know he is angry, he is angry at himself and he is angry at the world that tore him down, he is angry at a lot of people.” – Paul Azinger, offering his two cents on Tiger Woods after Woods' WD at The Players in May.


Quotes of the Year - Part 2


“We all wanted to be here to support Seve and wish him the best. We loved him, he was great. It’s a sad time; we lost someone very special. European golf owes Seve a great debt. He was the best frontman we could have ever dreamed of.” – Sir Nick Faldo, after attending the funeral services in Spain for Ballesteros.

'Um, yes ... So, ‘Thanks, Tiger.’ I guess I’m glad he was listening to his doctors.' - Michael Whitehead, then a recent Rice graduate, when asked by phone if he would like to take Woods' spot in the U.S. Open field. Whitehead was an alternate after losing out in a three-man sectional qualifier playoff in Dallas.

'It was definitely great to have him [his father Gerry] here and great to give this trophy to him as a Father's Day gift.' – Rory McIlroy, in a shout-out to his father Gerry, who was on hand to see his son win his first major title at the U.S. Open at Congressional.

“It was nice having people clap for you when you walked up to every green ... Then I realized it was more for Paula than for me.” – Cindy LaCrosse, on playing in the third round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship alongside Paula Creamer.

“Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who smoked (marijuana) in the middle of the round. We always talked about it. You could go in the Porta John and take your drags.” – Robert Garrigus, quoted in a Golf World story about marijuana use on Tour back in the '90s.

“Why would anyone be surprised at that? It was a party time, the ’70s,’ 80s into the early ’90s for a lot of guys. I know of guys who have done stuff like that on the PGA Tour.” – Former PGA Tour caddie and analyst for XM Radio's PGA Tour Network, Michael Collins, responding to Garrigus' comments.