Controversy didn't seem to take a day off this week, which included news of a disqualification, an arrest and more penalties.
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"I respect the decision of my disqualification. In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologize for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.” – Sergio Garcia, in a statement after he was disqualified from the Saudi International for ‘serious misconduct’
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“Not once in my life have I had a caddie line me up before a shot. I had no intent to cheat at all.” – Denny McCarthy, who was penalized two strokes on Friday at the WMPO for having his caddie align him during an approach shot
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“It is clear that there is a great deal of confusion among players and caddies on the practical application of the new rule during competition, as well as questions surrounding the language of the rule itself and how it should be interpreted. As a result, with the full support of the USGA and the R&A, the rule will be interpreted whereby the two aforementioned situations as well as future similar situations will not result in a penalty. McCarthy’s score has been updated accordingly.” – PGA Tour statement, thus rescinding Denny McCarthy’s penalty
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“I appreciate all the people out there. I tried to do a lot of my commentating for you out there, and I’m glad you accepted my form of commentating, which was not normal.” – Johnny Miller, signing off for the final time as a golf broadcaster on Saturday
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“That is by far the coolest thing I've ever experienced. To step up in front of all the people and the crowd and everything, and to hit the shots that she hit and make par, I never rooted so hard for somebody on a golf course.” – Gary Woodland on watching Amy Bockerstette, a Special Olympics golfer with Down Syndrome, make a 3 at the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale
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“It’s fantastic to see the world opening up to them – them showing us, ‘Hey, we’re a place just as beautiful as the rest of the world. I think it’s amazing what Saudi Arabia is doing and the European Tour is doing.” – Bryson DeChambeau, praising the European Tour’s showcasing of the Saudi International
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"I just don't understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds, a minute and 15 seconds to hit a golf ball. It's not that hard. … Guys are already so slow, it's kind of embarrassing.” – Brooks Koepka, addressing slow play
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“I've got to be honest in my assessment of winning seven more times, is that realistic? It's certainly my goal and something I'm striving for, and yet I know it's not going to be easy.” – Phil Mickelson, on earning seven more PGA Tour wins to reach 50 for his career
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“In the truest sense of the word, Alice was a life partner to Pete. Pete is a great architect because he had a great partner in Alice. She was the consummate partner, the consummate golfer.” - Former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman, paying tribute to Alice Dye, who passed away on Friday at age 91
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"A bad brain fade, I guess. … In my heart of hearts, it didn't affect the actual golf shot.” – Lucas Herbert, explaining his side of the story after he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie in the sand during the Dubai event
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“I spent five days and five nights of hell. I was jailed for 22 out of 24 hours a day. It was not a pleasant experience.” – Wayne Player, who was arrested last month in Georgia on fraud charges stemming from a rental agreement he made for housing during the 2018 Masters
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