Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 26, 2012, 10:05 am

'The San Francisco police arrested me and took me to the station, but when they got there, the guys were all really cool because they were making bird noises. They had already been watching on YouTube and the Internet.' – Andrew Dudley, better known as Jungle Bird, on interrupting the trophy presentation at last week's U.S. Open.

'So without really thinking too much I went out and grabbed him. As I’m dragging him off the green I thought, 'What am I going to do with him now?' I escorted him right into the bunker and quickly thereafter the police did get him.' – Mike Davis, on his split-second takedown of Jungle Bird during the U.S. Open’s award ceremony.

'There have been several times in history where someone has won a major championship and then gets so busy they can't see straight. That's the danger. You've got to keep it in perspective and learn to say 'no,' because there will be a lot of time-consuming offers coming after winning the U.S. Open.' – Tom Watson, on the advice he gave to new U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

'Obviously, when you have achieved so much at such a young age, everything maybe has come so easily. You can’t be No. 1 in the world for 20 years, unless you are Tiger Woods!' – Caroline Wozniacki, on boyfriend Rory McIlroy's recent slump.

'There are a number of reasons, but the main one is I haven't got that much time left at the top and I want to give myself the best chance of staying there as long as I can.' – Lee Westwood, on his plan to move to America from his native England at the end of the year.

'He just hasn't won a major, but he's playing pretty good and he's going to be back, he's definitely going to win again. You know, if he stays healthy, I think for sure because he's still got 10 years to get to where Jack was. So, he's got 10 years to produce four more victories.' – Bubba Watson, on if Tiger Woods will catch Jack Nicklaus' mark of 18 major championships.

'Me and my friends always joke that if I win in Canada one more time, that I’m going to become a Canadian citizen. I love it. The people are so relaxed and I feel very welcome when I go there, so I’m real excited that we have another tournament there.' – Michelle Wie, on playing in the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada. Wie snapped her streak of six consecutive missed cuts with matching 70s on the first two days of the tournament.

'They went and asked the chap 'What are you doing?' and he sort of fumbled out an answer saying 'I've got this wrong – I've done something bad. I wish it hadn't happened, etc. etc.' He's kind of been asked not to come back and that's how the matter has been resolved.' – European Tour chief referee, John Paramor, on caddie Mathias Vinson's attempt to hide an extra club from Jose Manuel Lara’s bag in a bush at the BMW International Open.

'The rule is the rule, but it’s just poorly written, it’s just not specific enough. It’s very vague.' – Cameron Tringale, on the two-stroke penalty he was assessed because his ball moved before he addressed it while putting on the sixth hole at the Travelers Championship.

'It wasn't a very classy move, but then again it's how he makes his living these days. He's kind of a shock jock.' – Ernie Els' response to David Feherty's joke about his putting at the Tavistock Cup in March.

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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.”