Quotes of the Year - Part II

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“You could play bad and shoot the same score that you would if you played good.” -  Spencer Levin, on the tough playing – and scoring – conditions at Royal St. George’s.

'In terms of what’s going through my heart, there’s obviously somebody who is watching down from up above there, and I know she’d be very proud of me.” – Darren Clarke, referring to his late wife, Heather, after his win at the British Open.

“I’ve been caddying for 33 years and this has been the best week of my life.” – Steve Williams, who has caddied for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd, after teaming with Adam Scott to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“You think you're friends with a guy. You talk to him once a week for 15 years. You're like, this dude is my friend, we do things, we have fun together. … I haven't talked to him in two years and I'm wondering what the hell is going on.” – Charles Barkley, during an interview on “The Mike Lupica Show”, on how his friendship with Tiger Woods has cooled since his extramarital scandal broke Thanksgiving of 2009.

“It was dangerous. … I thought if I could make contact with the ball and just let the club go, I might get away with it. You know, in hindsight it would have been better to chip out sideways.” – Rory McIlroy, reflecting on his decision to hit his ball that was resting against a tree root on his third hole of the 93rd PGA Championship.

“He's a bloody walking ATM. I slid my AmEx (card) between the cheeks of his ass and out popped $500.” – David Feherty, at charity event, about Luke Donald, who ended up leading both the PGA and European Tours in earnings for 2011.

“To have been a part of something like Golf Channel since its inception has been remarkable. It’s a great place filled with many great people and headed for even bigger things.” – Kraig Kann, upon announcing his departure after 16 years at Golf Channel. Kann is now the LPGA’s chief communications officer.

“I’ve told him that he’s going to be on the team. … There is no reason for me to wait until Sept. 26 to pick Tiger. He’s the best player in the world forever.” – Fred Couples, on his official decision to use one of his two captain’s picks for the Presidents Cup on Tiger Woods, which he announced one month before he was required to.


Quotes of the Year - 2011


“You’re trying to survive. It’s desperation. … It’s sadistic. In a way it’s fun, if you’re into that (stuff).” – Ernie Els, on the nature of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

“Basically, when I was 2 1/2, my dad was late at home from work, and the trash guy out there, we called him a bin man. I don't know what you guys call the guy who collects the trash. My dad missed him. So he had to go to the skip, the dumpsters, I think you call them, to put all our trash away. I was always glued to my dad's side. So, I went with him, and I was sort of messing around trying to help. Being knee-high, I fell into the skip, and I was rolling around, and I found a golf club ... And that's how I started golf.” – England’s Stiggy Hodgson, a member of the GB&I Walker Cup team, on his auspicious start in the game of golf.

“I thought I had won on the second playoff hole and then he hits it out of the water to 2 feet. It seemed like he was destined to win this week.” – Hunter Mahan, after losing to Bill Haas and Haas' miraculous shot in a playoff at the Tour Championship.

'Because he's Tiger Woods. It's a no-brainer, isn't it?' – Joe LaCava, on his decision to leave Dustin Johnson’s bag and become Woods’ full-time looper.

'Well, I do have two young kids, enough said. And I go to (Los Angeles) Dodger games.' – Tiger Woods, when asked if he was ever planning on eating hot dogs again, after a fan threw a hot dog at him in the final round of the Frys.com Open.

“That was for Seve.” – Sergio Garcia, after his 11-shot victory at the Castello Masters in Spain, dedicating his first win in almost three years to his golfing idol, Seve Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in May.

'I'm surprised, but I'm old enough to know this happens.' – Chubby Chandler, upon hearing news that Rory McIlroy was leaving his International Sports Management company after a four-year relationship.

“For someone that grew up playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour and is a huge fan of the franchise, this is a great moment in my career.” – Rickie Fowler, on being voted to share the cover of the 2013 edition of EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game with Woods on copies sold in the U.S.

“I’m now the opposition. I’d love to see Martin go No. 1 and knock Luke off the perch.” – Christian Donald, brother and former caddie for Luke, on causing a little stir in the family with his vote of confidence for his boss these days, Martin Kaymer.

'He’s exactly what you like to see in a player. If everybody conducted themselves like Phil week in and week out, we’d be stronger yet.' – PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, sitting alongside Mickelson in the Hall of Fame announcement.

“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 at Augusta National. Alvyn Day, who gave Jason his start in golf, died of cancer when Jason was 12, and one of his final requests was that his son spread some of his ashes at Augusta if his son ever played there.

'It feels awesome. Today was a picture perfect day.' – Tiger Woods, after winning the Chevron World Challenge for his first win of any kind in more than two years. He birdied the final two holes to top Zach Johnson by a shot.

“Step outside and settle it.” – Robert Allenby, whose words were directed at fellow Aussie Geoff Ogilvy after the two got in a heated, public debate because of sarcastic comments Ogilvy wrote about Allenby on Twitter.

“I didn’t think it was possible to win the money lists on both tours. This was never going to be an easy week but it has capped off an amazing year for me.” – Luke Donald, on winning the European Tour money title along with the PGA Tour money title.