Quotes of the Year - Part I
'If I showed up out there, they'd think I was a whale that got beached.' ' Boo Weekley, rubbing his belly and telling reporters what would happen if he were to head out with the surfers that can be seen from the 11th green at Kapalua.
'Zing, she smells a whole lot better than you did.' ' Nick Faldo, comparing his old broadcast partner Paul Azinger to his new Golf Channel broadcast partner Kelly Tilghman.
'I carry a pocket of Lifesavers, so when I get in the trap, I drop a lifesaver under the ball like a little tee, and when you hit it it explodes, no evidence. Remember that one. 'Lifesavers. Fresh breath, lower handicap.' ' ' George Lopez, joking with reporters about a few tricks he may have up his sleeve.
'He was a throwback. He raised the level of every player he worked for. He could take guys who were marginal and they would play well.' ' Caddie Patrick Smith, about fellow caddie Steve Duplantis, who died tragically in an accident earlier in the year.
'Does he actually receive texts? I know I tried to text Jack (Nicklaus) one time and he doesn't know how to do that.' ' Tiger Woods, when asked if he was going to text message Arnold Palmer after he officially tied him on the all-time PGA Tour career wins mark.
'The problem is I haven't played to my full potential yet. And when that happens it will just be me and Tiger.' ' Ian Poulter, in an interview with Golf World U.K. magazine, with some strong words for Tiger Woods and the rest of the golfing world.
'I'm misquoted. It was taken out of context. The whole answer to the question has been taken out of context. As long as he's playing golf I'm not going to get to No. 1, so No. 2 is the spot.' ' Poulter again, trying to clarify what he contends was a misrepresentation of what he was trying to say.
'I was just trying to put the ball on the green,' ' 92-year-old Leo Fiyalko, who after 60 years of playing golf, getting his first ever hole-in-one. Fiyalko is blind.
'As for golf talent, truth be told, my father and grandfather were far more blessed with talent. Somehow when it came to me there was a genetic power outage. ' 41st President George H. W. Bush, joking to reporters about his golf skills, or lack thereof, after receiving USGA's highest honor, the Bob Jones Award.
'Id much rather watch fishing or hunting or NASCAR or something. Its got to be moving, man. Golf aint moving. ' Weekley, admitting that he doesn't watch golf on TV, not even the Ryder Cup.
'I cant call him Boo. What is his name? It cant be Boo can it? ' Colin Montgomerie, slowly becoming more aware of the phenomenon that is known as Boo Weekley.
I just think we didnt think through the new rule. Its hard to understand. People see players making the cut and not playing. Nobodys happy with that. ' Tim Finchem, commenting after amending the Tours controversial cut line policy.
Ben is quite affected by it. But hes a lovely boy. ' Ernie Els, after disclosing for the first time to Golf Channels Rich Lerner that his son was diagnosed with autism. Els hopes to bring more attention and awareness for the disorder.
'We dont have time for me to tell you what I think about Tiger and his golf, because I think that right now, he has got it by the neck, and hes choking it. And he should. ' Arnold Palmer, throwing his two cents in on the dominance of Tiger Woods.
Trademark infringement. I had a patent. ' Fred Funk, jokingly referring to Golf Channel Insider Brian Hewitt's tongue-in-cheek remark that Tiger's 'hat slam' was a rip-off of a similar move by Funk after his final putt at the 2005 Players Championship.
He thought it was a bee sting. ' Col. John Fortunato, of the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office, commenting to the press after celebrated chef Paul Prudhomme was hit by a bullet during the PGA Tour stop in New Orleans.
'You gonna stop walking, man? Damn. You did it all day yesterday. I tell you what ' veterans can kiss my...' ' Bubba Watson, during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, with some choice words for playing partner Steve Elkington and his caddie.
'There has been no call from Augusta and I am not expecting one. Now, if I were the only person in the country, a la China, I might get in. It is a strange way to make up a field for a major championship ' television rights. They are quite open about why. ' Monty again, expressing his frustration for why he believes he didn't get an invite to the Masters.
Toughest test? Im starting to believe that this is more like a U.S. Open course every year.' ' Steve Stricker, referring to this year's increased difficulty at Augusta National.
'If I can walk around here like an athlete, which I can, and I can play reasonably well, then Id like to keep playing. ' Gary Player, who made his 51st appearance in the year's first major, expressing his desire to continue playing.
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'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team
“The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.
Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.
Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.
A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.
"Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told GolfChannel.com in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."
Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."
He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.
Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.
“It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.
"The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.
In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Web.com Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).
“I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."
The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.
Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.
Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.
Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.
“Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”
The problem was an expired visa.
Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.
No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.
Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.
His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.
One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.
His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.
“Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”
He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.
“It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”
'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.
Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.
“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”
Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.
The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.
“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”
Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.
“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”
Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.
“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”