They Said It: Notable quotes from Players Sunday

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 13, 2013, 4:34 pm

The thrilling conclusion to Sunday’s final round of The Players Championship elicited plenty of reaction in both the NBC broadcast booth and on the Golf Channel’s “Live From The Players” set.

Here are some of the most memorable remarks from the men who called the action.

On Tiger Woods’ win at TPC Sawgrass:

Johnny Miller: “It was very impressive. The work he as put in is paying off. Besides the 14th hole, he played great golf and he is looking really good for the future. It looks like he might get a major if he keeps doing what he is doing before the year is out.” 

Brandel Chamblee: “There was so much about this win that was unique. It was all new. It was a new Tiger. And yet there was so much about this tournament that reminded me of the old Tiger. He was a tactician like he was at Hoylake in 2006 under Hank Haney. He broke this golf course down technically and clinically. He was relentless like he was in 2001, when eventually Vijay Singh broke down and made the mistake at 14. Today, it was Sergio Garcia at 17.” 

On Woods’ errant drive on 14 

Miller: “This hole has got his number. He has only hit the fairway 10 times in the last 30 tries.”

Then, after Woods took his drop, Miller again: “That was really, really borderline. I couldn’t live with myself without saying that.” 

On Sergio Garcia’s meltdown on the par-3 17th

Miller: “It was almost too much for him. The minute he hit that (first tee shot), he knew it was right.”

Gary Koch, on Garcia’s second tee ball into the water: “Absolutely amazing he would come up short.”

Dan Hicks: “You just never want to be one of those guys at 17. One of those guys in contention who feels all alone when things just starting going the other way.” 

On Garcia’s drive into the water on 18 and ensuing double bogey

Hicks: “This is as wild a spinout the last couple of holes that we have ever had here at this championship.”

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Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 3:00 pm

After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.

"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."

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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 1:58 pm

More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.

Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.

The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:

Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

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New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match

By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 12:48 am

AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.

But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.

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The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.

“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”

The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.

“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”