Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 28, 2012, 4:15 pm

'I have no goals here because I don't get in anything. Everyone turned me down on the West Coast.' – John Daly, on abandoning his quest for a PGA Tour card to instead focus on locking down a European Tour card.

'Dad, that’s as good as I got. That’s the best I can play. I don’t think I could have played that round any better.' – Tommy Gainey, talking to his father, Tommy Sr., on the phone after his 10-under 60 in the final round of the McGladrey Classic. Gainey waited two hours to see if anyone could catch him. He held on for a one-shot victory over David Toms to secure his first Tour win.

'Well, I’ve gotta tell you, they have already got their careers set. I’m pulling against them.' – Gainey Sr., saying he agreed that his son had done all he could but that he also worried about his pursuers, Davis Love IIIJim Furyk and Toms, a trio with 49 Tour victories among them.

'When you've made the last five teams, you know how much fun it is. And when you're not there, you know what you're missing, and it sucks. It feels like you let yourself down in a way. It definitely kicks you in the teeth a little bit.' – Hunter Mahan, on not making the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

'He went above and beyond. We knew we had to get it to the ocean as fast as possible.' – Melissa McCormack, director of club operations at San Juan Hills Golf Club in Capistrano, Calif., on a course marshal coming across a 2-foot-long shark fighting for its life near the 12th tee box.

'There should a pecking order of guys who are next in line, and Paul McGinley really has good enough credentials to be a Ryder Cup captain. Darren ... would make for a great captain in America as they love him over there. His personality suits America, and they see him as the cigar-smoking, Guinness-drinking nice guy that he is.' – Graeme McDowell, on whether Paul McGinley or Darren Clarke should be the next European Ryder Cup captain.

'Personally, probably I have spoken a little bit more to McGinley. He always seems very up for the challenge. I do believe that if he doesn't get it this year, he probably won't get it. Whereas I feel like Darren will have other opportunities.' – Luke Donald, chiming in on McGinley and Clarke, as well.

'I flipped on the TV, and I saw Fred. The last time I had seen Fred, he hit a drive off the first tee in Seattle and couldn't play because of a bad back. He's on a chair at what looked like Riviera. I turn it up, and I hear him talk about getting a phone call from the commissioner and the Hall of Fame. It was disappointing.' – Mark O'Meara, on not getting voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, while Fred Couples was.

'I’ve always said winning one major championship turns a good year into a great year. I’ve had years where I’ve won five times on Tour. Yeah, it’s a really good year, no doubt, but winning a major championship just makes it a great year. The majors are such a different animal and different breed, and we place so much emphasis on the them.' – Tiger Woods, on how he would classify his season.

'We have your typical coyotes, skunks and the occasional mountain lion. But nothing like a shark.' – McCormack, again, on the marshal's shocking find.

'Annika told me that world No. 1 is the loneliest place on the earth.' – Yani Tseng, at the unveiling of an exhibit in Taipei, Taiwan that celebrates her rise to the No. 1 ranking in the world.

'No disrespect at all to Fred Couples, who has had a lovely career. I understand that he won two TPCs, the Masters. But I won more PGA Tour events, more majors. I won a U.S. Amateur. I mention this to Bernhard Langer, and he said, 'You're going to get in.' Is it when I stop playing? When I'm 6 feet under? When there's no one left to put in?' – O'Meara, again, on Couples' Hall of Fame induction.

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Watch: Koepka highlights from the Travelers

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 3:30 pm

U.S. Open hangover? Not for Brooks Koepka. The two-time national champion has carried over his form and confidence from Shinnecock Hills to TPC River Highlands.

Koepka began his round with a par at the par-4 10th and then reeled off four consecutive birdies, beginning at No. 11.


And here is the capper at the 14th

Koepka turned in 4-under 31. Here's more action from his opening nine holes.


After a par at the first, Koepka added a fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 second.


A bogey at the par-4 fourth dropped him to 4 under, but just one off the lead.

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Lyle going through 'scary' period in cancer recovery

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:58 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – Jarrod Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a ''really scary'' period in his third battle with cancer.

Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia.

''It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell transplant and we are going through a really rough patch at the moment,'' Briony Lyle wrote on jarrodlylegolf.com. ''I'm typing this blog on his behalf because he's not able to do it. Jarrod's not able to drive, struggles to prepare any food for himself, can't read stories to the girls and is not able to offer much help at all around the house.

''He is also starting to look like a very frail, sick person.''

Briony Lyle added: ''We are both very aware of the amount of drugs and medication that has gone into Jarrod's body over the years but things are starting to get really scary at the moment. It looks as if this recovery is going to be the longest and hardest one so far.''

Lyle has twice beaten acute myeloid leukemia, in 1998 and 2012, and was able to return to play professional golf.

He made an emotional comeback to the golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the PGA Tour in 2015. He played four seasons on Tour, where he earned $1.875 million in 121 tournaments.

Lyle has since returned to Australia permanently to be with Briony and daughters Lusi and Jemma.

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Vermeer wins PGA Professional; 20 make PGA Championship

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:42 pm

SEASIDE, Calif. – Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.

The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.

The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.

Three strokes ahead entering the day, Vermeer played the front in 4 over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-4 eighth. He rebounded with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-4 11th and also birdied the par-5 18th.


Full-field scores from the PGA Professional Championship


Vermeer finished at 5-under 283. The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000. He won the 2017 Mizuno Pro/Assistant Championship and finished ninth last year in the PGA Professional to qualify for PGA at Quail Hollow.

McCarty had a 68, and Sowards shot 69. Sowards won the 2004 title.

David Muttitt and Jason Schmuhl tied for fourth at 1 under, and 2012 and 2015 champion Matt Dobyns, Jaysen Hansen, and Johan Kok followed at even par.

Marty Jertson, Brian Smock and Ben Kern were 1 over, and Zach Johnson, Craig Hocknull, Matt Borchert and 2016 winner Rich Berberian Jr. were 2 over. Nine players tied at 3 over, with Shawn Warren, 2017 champion Omar Uresti, 2014 winner Michael Block, Craig Bowden and Danny Balin getting the last five spots at Bellerive in a playoff. Balin got the final spot, beating Brian Norman with a par on the seventh extra hole after Norman lost a ball in a tree.

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Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.


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“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”