Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 10, 2013, 4:01 pm

''Somebody asked me, 'How did it compare to diplomacy?' And I said, 'Well, I know how to do diplomacy, I'm not so sure about the golf course.''' – Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, after the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Rice started hot but became clearly rattled after she hit a woman in the head on an errant approach shot on the sixth hole.

'It’s a lot of fun to see these guys in their element. I’ve played in celebrity tour events before where it’s all just a bunch of hacks out there, but this is fun just watching these guys in their element seeing what they’re doing and just trying to not get in their way.' – Green Bay Packers quarterback and 2011 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, enjoying his time playing with PGA Tour talent at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

'It’s totally different you get out here and the ball's just sitting still. It seems so easy but it’s not, especially when you got people watching and you’re a little out of your element and the nerves get to you.' – Detroit Tigers starting pitcher and 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, on the pressure of playing in front of a gallery at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

'Definitely at times I’ve been really enjoying myself, and at times I’ve been thinking about the game, and at times I’ve been thinking about how we can get an edge for next year. That left a pretty big bruise. But it’s a new day and we have to forge ahead.' – San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, on how he’s managing to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am less than a week after losing the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens and older brother John. Harbaugh went on to say he was 'just hitting and hoping' this week.

'I want to talk to Fred (Couples) and Bernhard (Langer) and size up if they are going to find another way (to putt) or whether they are going to pack up their tents and go home.' – John Cook, one of four player directors on the Champions Tour Policy Board, on what impact the possible ban could have on the senior tour’s bottom line since some of the most marketable stars, including Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer use the anchored stroke.

'I would certainly try (to putt) another way. It depends on what happens and we’re still in the question phase, but if I don’t enjoy the game anymore than I would stop playing.' – Langer’s response on being forced to switch back to a traditional putting stroke because of the anchor ban.

'In terms of what we did, it will probably impact his snowboarding more than his golf swing. I suspect he will probably be able to swing even better when he’s fully recovered.' – Dr. Regis Haid, Jr., on the spinal-fusion procedure and bone spurs surgery he performed on Davis Love III. Love is reportedly doing well and recovery is expected to take from six to eight weeks.

'It's not a hundred guys playing slow; it's a few guys. I know that I don't want to be one of those guys. I want to play fast ... There's a handful of guys, and unless those guys make a change, it's just going to be slow.'Hunter Mahan, on the issue of slow play on the PGA Tour. Mahan mentioned giving players strokes and taking away FedEx Cup points as possible solutions.

'Your body produces IGF-1 every day, it’s in food – meat and milk. You cannot ban a natural occurring substance.' – Mitch Ross, founder of S.W.A.T.S., the company that produces the deer-antler spray which has landed Vijay Singh in hot water. The PGA Tour’s list of banned substances is filled with naturally occurring items including IGF-1 and testosterone.

'I made myself stay there and watch because I wanted to remember that. I wanted to remember what it felt like. With everything that happened that week, we probably still should have won.'Stacy Lewis, on watching the Europeans celebrate after their stunning come-from-behind 15-13 victory at the Solheim Cup almost 18 months ago.

'I remember sitting there watching and thinking, 'Is this really happening?' It was a terrible feeling. I had never been on a team that lost.'Paula Creamer, echoing her teammate Lewis’ feelings on the American’s Solheim Cup disappointing loss. The biennial event will next be played Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club outside Denver.

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Five-time Open champ Thomson passes at 88

By Associated PressJune 20, 2018, 1:35 am

MELBOURNE, Australia – Five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 88.

Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members on Wednesday morning.

Born on Aug, 23, 1929, Thomson was two months short of his 89th birthday.

The first Australian to win The Open Championship, Thomson went on to secure the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equaled only by Tom Watson.

On the American senior circuit he won nine times in 1985.

Thomson also served as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years, designing and building courses in Australia and around the world, helping establish the Asian Tour and working behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organization where he was chairman for five years.

He also wrote for newspapers and magazines for more than 60 years and was patron of the Australian Golf Writers Association.

In 1979 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions as a player and administrator and for community service.

Thomson is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were to be announced over the next few days.

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Gaston leaves USC to become head coach at Texas A&M

By Ryan LavnerJune 19, 2018, 11:00 pm

In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.

This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.  

Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.

Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.

The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.  

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Spieth 'blacked out' after Travelers holeout

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 9:44 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.

Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.

Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.

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“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”

Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.

“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”

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Pregnant Lewis playing final events before break

By Randall MellJune 19, 2018, 9:27 pm

Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.

Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.

Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.

“Things have definitely gotten harder, I would say, over the last week or so, the heat of the summer and all that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “I'm actually excited. I'm looking forward to the break and being able to decorate the baby's room and do all that kind of stuff and to be a mom - just super excited.”

Lewis says she is managing her energy levels, but she is eager to compete.

“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”

Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2014, and she was credited with an unofficial title in ’07, while still a senior at Arkansas. That event was reduced to 18 holes because of multiple rain delays. Lewis is a popular alumni still actively involved with the university.