“They’re all lucky when they go in.” – Tom Watson, on his ace that came in the second round of the Open Championship.
“A cruel bit of lovely irony.” – Jerry Kelly, on the honor of hitting the first tee shot on Thursday. This coming eight years after hitting the first tee shot – also at Royal St. George’s – in 2003, where he carded an 11 on the opening hole.
“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.
“Or you could play really bad and shoot 100.” – Steve Marino, following up on Levin’s thoughts.
“I think the Europeans are the better ball-strikers, in general, because we are playing under tougher weather conditions, but the Americans are better putters.” – Robert Karlsson, a member of both the PGA and European Tours, comparing the players on both tours.
“I don’t think anybody here is trying to win one for America. Golf is an individual game ... I think the person that wins, whoever it may be, will be doing it for themselves first and foremost.” – Nick Watney, downplaying the recent ‘American’ drought in majors.
“That hole owes nobody anything, and no hole in golf does, and no golf course does. I played that Open, and I played fantastic the whole week. I tried to hit the right shot every single time, and I didn’t hit the right shot on 16. That happens in golf. That’s the nature of this game.” – Thomas Bjorn,on the par-3 16th, the hole he triple bogeyed back in 2003 to lose the claret jug.
“I was in the zone. I didn’t really know what I was doing. I walked up to the green, and I didn’t realize I probably should have waited for Tom, and I felt very bad.” – Tom Lewis, on walking up to the 18th green in Thursday, ahead of legend Tom Watson.
'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.