Quotes of the Year - Part II
'Get to put my arm around Tiger Woods and say, 'Maybe next year.'' ' Trevor Immelman, on the Late Show with David Letterman, reading the Top 10 List. The topic was Ways Trevor Immelmans Life Has Changed Since Winning the Masters.
'This one is very special. This is the toughest one of all of them and its nice to get back up to where I feel my golf should be. Its nice to win again and its a really, really good feeling. ' Darren Clarke, after his emotional win in China. The victory was the first for Clarke since the death of his wife, Heather, in 2006.
'I'd like to thank Tiger for not coming this week. ' Sergio Garcia, in his speech after winning The Players Championship.
'Im going to miss her. I do have mixed feelings. Its sad. I think the LPGA is losing a big name.' ' Lorena Ochoa, commenting on Annika Sorenstams decision to step away at the end of 2008.
'I'm too old for that.' ' Memorial winner Kenny Perry, 47, on his decision to skip the U.S. Open, in which he would have had to play in a single day, 36-hole qualifier.
'This is probably the greatest tournament Ive ever had.' ' Tiger Woods, considering his career at this point, making quite a statement after his victory in the 108th U.S. Open.
'He just said Great fight! to me and that makes it a little better, I think.' ' Rocco Mediate, on what Woods said to him after their epic playoff duel at Torrey Pines.
'To have a will as strong as that, I take my hat off to him.' ' Jack Nicklaus, one of the many people who were completely amazed at Woods' U.S. Open win after learning about the extent of his injuries.
Hard to keep track. Too many Kims and Parks.' ' South Korean K.J. Choi, when asked if he follows the success of the South Korean players on the LPGA.
'This is (still) quite innovating (pointing to his head), and saucy, and cheeky on occasion. Ive still got a little bit of erotica left in me, thank GodI think the game of golf is fascinating; its the mirror of life.' ' BBC legend Peter Alliss, talking with Golf Channel about his announcing skills in the booth.
Peter Alliss and erotica? Its certainly been a week of surprises!' ' Golf Channel's Rich Lerner, after hearing the abovementioned comments from Alliss.
'She was like a little kid after you tell them theres no Santa Claus.' ' Sue Witters, the LPGAs director of tournament competitions, after informing Michelle Wie that she was disqualified from the State Farm Classic.
'It's just not a fun week like it should be. From what I've heard, the Ryder Cup just isn't fun. The fun is sucked right out of it. That's the word I hear a lot.' ' Hunter Mahan, raising eyebrows with comments before the Ryder Cup regarding its social schedule.
'This course is diabolical. It's like trying to play Scrabble without the vowels.' ' Paul Goydos, with his clever take on 'The Monster,' Oakland Hills, site of the 2008 PGA Championship.
'Make that your last laugh. ' Colin Montgomerie, responding to a reporter who had laughed at one of his responses during a press conference following his second-round 84 at the PGA Championship, his highest-ever score in a major.
'This is an American tour. ' Kate Peters, tournament director of the LPGA State Farm Classic, on why all LPGA players should be able to speak English.
The person that brought it to my attention did ask: Does that mean if youre mute you cant play golf on the LPGA Tour? It is an amazing statement.' ' Irishman Padraig Harrington, after being informed of the LPGA's new language policy.
If I ever say Im tired of signing, someone please club me over the head with a 9-iron.' ' Harrington again, explaining his thoughts on the added responsibilities of being a major champion.
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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.
Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.
The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.
Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.
The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.
Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him
It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.
Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.
The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:
The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.
For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.
Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter
After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.
But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.
Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":
Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.
Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.
Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.
The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.
“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.
In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.
“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”
Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.
“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.