Quotes of the Week


'The setup and the finish that we have proposed envision a lot of half-par holes. So short par 4s, short par 3, reachable par 5 ... Some people are afraid to finish golf courses that way because they don't want guys walking off going birdie, birdie, eagle, and I think it would be awesome if they did that.' – Gil Hanse, after he was selected to design the golf course for the 2016 Olympics.

“It would have been easier to go with a big name. And instead, they went with the best. I thought that was pretty cool.” – Phil Mickelson, on the announcement that Gil Hanse will design the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio.

'There’s only one way to go when you’re No. 1.' – Luke Donald, joking with Lee Westwood about losing his No. 1 world ranking.

“I don’t have the energy today, sorry guys.” – Sergio Garcia, to a group of reporters following his 4-over 76 Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac. He hit four balls in the water on the par-4 third for an octuple bogey-12.

'We had to dedicate so much time to driving, and getting the ball in the fairway. We fixed that. Now it’s on to other aspects of the game.' – Tiger Woods, on the state of his game coming into Doral and on the road to Augusta.

'If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.' – Rory McIlroy, remembering what his father has always said to him, after being asked if he thought all of his success has come at an early age.

“I think me and Hunter (Mahan) swing similar. Tiger does the opposite of what we do.” – Justin Rose, on how his swing differs from Tiger Woods’, despite all three being students of the same swing coach – Sean Foley.

“I'm going to say this off the record even though we are on live television. I'm hearing rumors about getting the U.S. Women's Open.” – Donald Trump, referring to the 2017 edition of the U.S. Women’s Open being played at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey, during a press conference in front of a room full of reporters and TV cameras. 

“I like Canadians for some reason, I don't know why. Surrounded by them.' – Hunter Mahan, on the team of Canucks that he surrounds himself with professionally. Mahan is taught by Sean Foley, represented by Chris Armstrong, has physio work done by Dr. Craig Davies and Jim Murphy is his sports psychology therapist. All of them are from Canada.

“He just got his whole life where he wants. … He’s married, he has a new baby coming, he’s playing great golf. And now this. It’s the same cancer that’s come back, the same leukemia.” – Robert Allenby, on Jarrod Lyle’s most recent battles with cancer. Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 17 and suffered a recurrence of leukemia this week upon returning home to Australia to prepare for the birth of his first child.