Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 29, 2012, 6:30 pm

'It’s pretty hard to believe that I managed to win today. Very surprised. ... It doesn’t get an awful lot harder than playing with Tiger Woods. So I guess barring a major championship, I know I can handle that again. So that’s pretty nice to know.' - Robert Rock, after play alongside Tiger in the final round in Abu Dhabi and beating him by tho shots.

'Obviously the ultimate goal is to win and I didn’t win.' - Tiger Woods, when he failed to close the deal after holding a share of the 54-hole lead.

“It’s not a hard golf hole. I could probably play it a thousand times and never make an 8.” – Kyle Stanley, who made triple bogey-8 to blow a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole at the Farmers Insurance Open.

'I look at it now. I never used to. When you’re comfortably in the top 10, top 20, you don’t look at these things. Now, I’m on the other side of the wheel.' - Ernie Els, on still not being eligible for this year's Masters Tournament.

'... the Tour hasn’t made that many missteps in the last 20 or 30 years. It’s probably going to end up the right thing to do.' - Geoff Ogilvy, on the PGA Tour's decision to use the Nationwide Tour as the main route to gaining a PGA Tour card.

'To represent the United States as team captain definitely caps off my career.' - Meg Mallon, upon being named as the 2013 United States Solheim Cup captain. 

'She has my congratulations on a position that is well earned. Meg represents everything golf is about.' - John Solheim, the Ping chairman whose father founded the competition, after the announcement that Mallon will captain the team.

'It’s been a rough week. But you get through it. She’s been a trouper. She’s held up pretty well.' - Amy Mickelson, to the the San Diego Union-Tribune, after revealing her daughter had suffered a seizure.

“It was a wedge and it went in. What more do you need?” – Vijay Singh, quite tersely, in response to a San Diego newspaper reporter who asked for comment on Singh’s hole-out with a wedge for eagle on the par-5 18th on the South Course at Torrey Pines in the second round.

'To be part of history is like a miracle. It’s not something you can have by clicking your fingers.' - New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko - all of 14 years of age - upon becoming the youngest person to win a professional event. She captured the women’s New South Wales Open by four strokes.

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.