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“I’m all for freedom of speech but I won’t tolerate defamation.” – Phil Mickelson, who filed a lawsuit against an Internet service provider in Canada to learn the identity of a person who has been posting “vexatious statements” that Mickelson says is a deliberate attack on his reputation. Mickelson cites comments posted on Yahoo! Sports from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, in which one or more persons under the pseudonyms “Fogroller” and “Longtitude” make statements that allege, among other things, that Mickelson’s wife had an affair and that he fathered an illegitimate child.

“I know I may not have believed it on Sunday night, or even Monday morning, but everybody just kept telling me I’ll be a lot stronger for it, and I agree with that. I will.” – Kyle Stanley, after collapsing on the 18th at the Farmers Insurance Open last week and eventually losing to Brandt Snedeker in a playoff. Stanley came back the very next week and won at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“The kid has a chance to be the best player in the world.” – Butch Harmon, referring to Gary Woodland who only began working with Harmon in January of this year.

“It’s never over until it’s over.” – Christel Boeljon, who came from a three-shot deficit Sunday to win the Australian Ladies Masters. Boeljon birdied her final hole to win by one stroke and avoid a four-way playoff.

“To use a cliché, she has literally opened my eyes about putting again.” – Ernie Els, on consulting with an eye specialist to help with hand-eye coordination, concentration and other visual performance aids in hopes of improving his putting in 2012. Els ranked No. 181 in putting last year on the PGA Tour.

'So if somebody wants Rory to be as Irish as he can be, he better declare for (Great Britain) and we get two more guys in.' – Padraig Harrington, on who he wants Rory McIlroy to represent in the 2016 Olympics. Harrington’s logic is that if McIlroy plays for Great Britain, it will allow another Irishman to qualify for the Olympics and represent the Emerald Isle of Ireland.

“I’m pretty shocked myself shooting 5 under.” – John Daly, on his opening round at the Qatar Masters that positioned him one off the opening-round lead. Daly ended the event in fourth place.

“I would like to go out on my own terms, not because of injury.' – Juli Inkster, who underwent surgery last week to repair a torn tendon in her right elbow and will be sidelined for three to six months.

“The sky is the limit for Phil. He can do whatever he wants.” – Commissioner Tim Finchem on the many avenues Phil Mickelson can explore after he decides to quit playing professional golf.

“I just didn’t have it. Maybe I was looking ahead too much and trying too hard. What are you going to do? I tried my best.” – Spencer Levin, who threw away a six-shot lead to start the final day of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and ended up finishing solo third after a 75 on Sunday.