Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 17, 2013, 6:20 pm

''You've got to dream high, right? And that's definitely one of my dreams, to play in the Masters.' – Michelle Wie, on what she hopes will happen one day. Since joining the LPGA full-time in 2009, Wie has won twice.

“I wasn’t close to her when I was 15. I feel like I’m getting old.” – Yani Tseng, on 15-year-old amateur sensation Lydia Ko, who has won three professional events. Ko held a share of the 54-hole lead at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, but a final-round 76 resulted in a third-place finish.

“I have no advice for her. Turning pro or not turning pro, going to college, not going to college, it’s a very personal decision. It’s not something someone can say: ‘I think you should turn pro. I think you should stay an amateur. I think you should do this or that.’” – Wie, again, when asked what advice she would extend to Ko. Wie turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday and later graduated from Stanford.

It’s been good to pick Michael’s brain and find out what he was thinking about when he was playing basketball. He’s always trying to play mind games. He doesn’t like to lose.” – Luke Donald, on his friendship with Michael Jordan.

“I’ve got a couple of years until I turn pro, so I guess within that period hopefully I’ll be able to get a little bit better.' – Ko, after finishing third to Jiyai Shin and Tseng at the Women's Australian Open.

“The bar has been lowered. Guys get voted into the Hall of Fame who don't belong, who lack the numbers. I'm very upset at the Hall of Fame for that. It's not fair to the people who went in early.” – Ray Floyd, to Golf Magazine, on his disgust over the lowering of standards for World Golf Hall of Fame inductees.

I truly believe, because of those last two majors, going with Webb and going with myself, I think that had a huge influence in their decision.” – Ernie Els, on the banning of anchored putters by the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A.

“That’s not being cocky. Now, I would take a four and run to the next hole. The green has become so sloped and so narrow in the back, that it is a brutal hole.” – Fred Couples, on Riviera’s 10th hole at the Northern Trust Open, saying he used to tell his caddie to go ahead and put a three on the scorecard when he stepped to the tee.

“You begin to wonder if your testing regimes are right. This is going to cause a lot of soul searching, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are changes to procedure.” – Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, to The Guardian, on drug testing after Vijay Singh admitted to using deer-antler spray, a banned substance.

“Just look at the inductees over the last six, eight, 10 years. Some years, I don't even vote because the names are not worthy of induction. One major should not get you into the Hall of Fame – maybe one major and 40 wins. I'll just say that you should have at least two majors. At least. Wow, there are guys in there that it's a joke. It takes integrity away from the term ‘Hall of Fame.’” – Floyd, again, on the Hall of Fame standards.

“Tom, because of his age, will inevitably be slightly more detached from his team. He won’t have played as much with the current crop of players.”Ian Poulter, comparing 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson with European captain Paul McGinley.

“My mum told me last year was a bad year for Dragon, and I was Dragon. So my Mum say, ‘It’s OK, your bad year is over. Your good year is coming this year, the [Year of the] Snake.’ I go, ‘OK, that’s good. So, I’m very excited for this year.’” – Tseng, again, looking forward to the LPGA season.

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Garcia 2 back in storm-halted Andalucia Masters

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 7:08 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Ashley Chesters was leading on 5-under 66 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters when play was suspended because of darkness with 60 golfers yet to complete their weather-hit first rounds on Thursday.

More than four hours was lost as play was twice suspended because of stormy conditions and the threat of lightning at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain.


Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters


English journeyman Chesters collected six birdies and one bogey to take a one-shot lead over Gregory Bourdy of France. Tournament host and defending champion Sergio Garcia was on 68 along with fellow Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and Australia's Jason Scrivener.

''It's a shame I can't keep going because the last few holes were the best I played all day. Considering all the delays and everything, I'm very happy with 5 under,'' Chesters said. ''The forecast for the rest of the week is not very good either so I thought I'll just make as many birdies as I can and get in.''

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Caddies drop lawsuit; Tour increases healthcare stipend

By Rex HoggardOctober 18, 2018, 3:33 pm

After nearly four years of litigation, a group of PGA Tour caddies have dropped their lawsuit against the circuit.

The lawsuit, which was filed in California in early 2015, centered on the bibs caddies wear during tournaments and ongoing attempts by the caddies to improve their healthcare and retirement options.

The caddies lost their class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court and an appeal this year.

Separately, the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, which was not involved in the lawsuit but represents the caddies to the Tour, began negotiating with the circuit last year.

“I told the guys, if we really want a healthy working relationship with the Tour, we need to fix this and open the lines of communication,” said Scott Sajtinac, the president of the APTC.

In January 2017, Jay Monahan took over as commissioner of the Tour and began working with the APTC to find a solution to the healthcare issue. Sajtinac said the Tour has agreed to increase the stipend it gives caddies for healthcare beginning next year.

“It took a year and a half, but it turned out to be a good result,” Sajtinac said. “Our goal is to close that window for the guys because healthcare is such a massive chunk of our income.”

The Tour did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the agreement or the end to the lawsuit.

Caddies have received a stipend from the Tour for healthcare for some time, and although Sajtinac wouldn’t give the exact increase, he said it was over 300 percent. Along with the APTC’s ability to now negotiate healthcare plans as a group, the new stipend should dramatically reduce healthcare costs for caddies.

“It’s been really good,” said Sajtinac, who did add that there are currently no talks with the Tour to created a retirement program for caddies. “Everybody is really excited about this.”

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PGA Tour Latinoamérica moving season finale to Doral

By Nick MentaOctober 18, 2018, 2:36 pm

PGA Tour Latinoamérica announced Wednesday that it will play its season finale, the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship, at Trump National Doral from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The limited-field event will feature the top 60 players on the circuit's money list competing on Doral's Golden Palm Course.

“We are very happy that we will continue playing the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship in South Florida, and Doral is a tremendous community that we know will open its arms to our players and this tournament,” PGA Tour Latinoamérica president Jack Warfield said in a statement.

The PGA Tour ended its more than 50-year relationship with Doral and the resort's Blue Monster course back in 2016, when Cadillac's title sponsorship of the World Golf Championship lapsed as then-candidate Donald Trump was mounting his bid for the presidency.

“We continue to stand by our earlier statement, and the statement of other golf organizations, that Mr. Trump's comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf,” then-PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in December 2015, referring to Trump's campaign rhetoric concerning Mexicans and Muslims.

The event was moved to Mexico City in 2017 and renamed the WGC-Mexico Championship.

The Latinoamérica Tour Championship was staged the last two years at Melreese Country Club in Miami, where David Beckham is currently attempting to build a stadium for his Major League Soccer expansion club, Inter Miami.

PGA Tour Latinoamérica's release states that the move to Doral "keeps the event in this part of the Sunshine State and allows the tournament to maintain its ties to The First Tee of Miami as a charitable recipient and sponsor." Melreese, the city's only public golf course, is home to the First Tee of Miami, which naturally opposes Beckham's efforts to close the facility and repurpose the land.

A November referendum will ask voters to decide if the city should negotiate a no-bid lease with Beckham's ownership group, which seeks to create a $1 billion dollar complex comprising of the proposed stadium, youth soccer fields, a park, commercial and retail space, and a hotel.

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Im wins Web.com Player and Rookie of the Year awards

By Nick MentaOctober 18, 2018, 1:22 pm

Sungjae Im on Thursday was named the Web.com Tour's 2018 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Im won twice on the Web.com this year, taking the season opener in January, The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, and the season finale in August, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, to become the first player in history lead the circuit's money list wire-to-wire.

Im is the first Korean-born player to win the Web's POY award and, at 20 years old, its youngest recipient.

In a player vote, Im bested Anders Albertson, Sam Burns, Kramer Hickok and Martin Trainer, 2018's only other two-time winner, for POY honors, and Burns, Hickock, Trainer and Cameron Champ for ROY honors.

“My first year on the Web.com Tour was an incredibly happy time for me,” Im said, “and it’s pretty surreal that I was able to win the first and last tournament of the season. I honestly thought I would spend about two to three years on the Web.com Tour before making it to the PGA Tour, so I’m happy to have achieved my goal so soon. I’m grateful to have earned the Player of the Year honors and I hope to finish the remainder of the PGA Tour season on a good note.”

In his first PGA Tour start, Im tied for fourth at the Safeway Open, earning $241,280, a little less than half of the $534,326 he amassed in 25 starts as the Web's regular-season money winner.

Playing this week's CJ Cup in his native South Korea, Im opened with a 1-over 73 Thursday.