A good, old-fashioned Twitter feud, Stacy Lewis' daughter provides a reality check, and Lee Westwood and his girlfriend/caddie continue to work well together.
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"First competitive round of the year on @EuropeanTour with the new rules on effect. Tapping down spikemarks felt so weird, it will take some time to get used to it - Unless you are Simon Dyson and you have been doing it for years." - Gonzalo Castano Fernandez, on Twitter, taking a shot at a fellow tour pro.
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"Can’t be arsed..the incident was 6 years ago..some of us have actually moved on.." - Simon Dyson, on Twitter, responding to Gonzalo Castano Fernandez' criticism of Dyson tapping down spike marks before legally allowed to this year.
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“We're sitting at dinner last night, and you can see she's over there pooping, and then it's outside her clothes. You forget about your tee time the next morning. It's just a great back-to-reality check.” - Stacy Lewis, who made her first start as a mom this week and brought her daughter, Chesnee, with her.
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"I'm playing with the President of the United States and I just made a hole-in-one. This is unbelievable!" - Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, after making an ace alongside Barack Obama at Seminole Golf Club.
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“We think it’s important that there be some consistency in top championship golf, and so you should expect that the Masters Tournament, from a rules perspective, will look very much, if not the same, as what you’re seeing in the major championships and the professional tours.” - Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley, when asked if the Masters would go against the Rules of Golf and not allow flagsticks in for putting.
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“Sports betting is coming, and you have to get your hands around it. You have to decide if it’s just going to be something negative, or if it’s going to be positive as well.” - LPGA commissioner Mike Whan, on how his tour will respond to legalized sports gambling.
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“I realized that's who cares about me the most right now." - Lexi Thompson, on why she will use her brother and father as her primary caddies this season.
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“She claims to have read the 17th green correctly. She just looked me quizzically and said, ‘Is this from the right?’ It went in, so I’ll never hear the last of that.” - Lee Westwood, whose girlfriend, Helen Storey, is also his caddie.
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“It felt very uncomfortable. I kind of eased into it, thinking that if I hit it too hard it might hit the pin and miss. So I don’t think I’ll do that again.” - Phil Mickelson, playing his first event of 2019, on if he likes putting with the flagstick in.
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“Mother Nature was cruel.” - Mario Navarro, the director of golf at La Reunión Golf Resort, on the June 3, 2018 volcano that devastated his community in Guatemala.
Photo courtesy La Reunion
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''I completely thought I was gone to be honest. I just tried to put him under as much pressure as I could. But I didn't think I had that in me today.'' - Shane Lowry, who led by three entering the final round, trailed by four with seven holes to play, and won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by one with a birdie at the last.
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''As a competitor, you don't want to win that way. Honestly, you don't. ... I'm not going to give the trophy back, but you would rather make a putt than have somebody miss a putt." - Tom Lehman, after winning the Mitsubishi Electric Championship when David Toms three-putted the final hole.
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