From the debate over putting with or without the flagstick in to taking drops from knee-high height, the new rules take center stage in this edition of Quotes of the Week.
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“It’s a cool story and everything, but the fact that they were in some dude’s tent kinda creeps me out.” – Cody Blick, after getting his clubs back a month after they were stolen on the eve of Web.com Tour Q-School. The clubs were taken by a homeless man and sold to a woman who then re-sold them back to Blick after reading about his story online.
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“Where we are from a gaming standpoint, I’ll break it down to two points. We have for the last couple of years put all the systems in place from an integrity program to monitoring program to our ShotLink technology in place so we can be in a position to participate. The reason we would do it is because we think gaming leads to more engagement.” – PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, on participating in sports betting now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized it.
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“As a couple, it’s tough sometimes being a caddie and a player. It’s a lot of time to spend together … It really comes down to something simple. At the end of the day, you have nothing to talk about it. I can’t ask Daniel, ‘What did you have for dinner last night?’ or ‘How was your day today?’”” – Pernilla Lindberg, on her fiancé, Daniel Taylor, leaving as her caddie to go work for Ariya Jutanugarn.
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“The USGA was made aware of this yesterday and we’ve reached out to Lucy’s family to learn more about her participation in these videos. We are at the beginning of the fact-finding stage, and it’s premature at this point to discuss more. Lucy’s family has been fully cooperative and we are thankful for the dialogue.” – The USGA, in a statement to GolfChannel.com, on 16-year-old amateur Lucy Li's appearance in a recent advertisement for Apple.
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“If I could live another hundred years, I’d wait another hundred years. I was never not going to work for Tiger as long as he was going to have me. I just wanted to work for him and no one else. And I think that helped a little bit, knowing that he had a friend that thought that much of him as a person and with his game.” – Joe LaCava, speaking during the ESPN documentary "Return of the Roar," on his decision to wait for Tiger Woods to get healthy instead of finding another player to caddie for.
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"We – and that's a very big we when I say the Woods camp, the Mickelson camp, the Turner camp – have a lot to talk about. We don't have any specifics on what it might look like, whether it's Tiger-Phil, two others, four others.'' – Tiger Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, on possible future versions of “The Match.”
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“I can’t wait to go over and try to grow the game of golf around the world. We’re athletes. We are going over to play golf. It’s a different thing then politics. We leave that to the people who handle politics.” – Patrick Reed, on the criticism of players going to play in Saudi Arabia in the current political climate.
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“Hopefully I can please the 30-something guys that are in the room. I mean, putting a piece of meat in front of them I think would do that, right?” – Patrick Reed, who has been shrouded in controversy since his controversial remarks after the Ryder Cup, on his plan to serve a bone-in rib-eye steak at the Masters Champions dinner.
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“I maximized my potential on that, especially on 16 today, where it's kind of blowing downwind, 5-percent slope, straight downhill you want that pin to help. That's what I kind of did and utilized it to my advantage. So I felt like for the most part I needed the pin to be in and it went in and it was a very nice help.” – Bryson DeChambeau, on his decision to putt with the flagstick in, after leading the field in strokes gained: putting on Day 1 of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
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“Every player out here should be putting with the flagstick in.” – Brandel Chamblee, agreeing with Bryson DeChambeau, that putting with the flagstick is a big advantage for players.
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“I wouldn’t [trade careers with Daly]. As painful as that is to say, because he’s won majors. I am proud of the consistency I’ve had and the finishes I’ve had. When I went to Oklahoma State I wanted to see how good I could be. But if you’d have said, ‘Charles you’re going to have a 20-year career on the PGA Tour,’ I would have signed up in a heartbeat for that.” – Charles Howell III, claiming he wouldn’t trade his consistent career for one with more wins.
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“That you have to drop it from knee height is a bit absurd, unfortunately. I think that you should be able to go from knee height to shoulder height. There should be no issue with that, whatever you want to do, honestly. There's a lot of questions about that.” – Bryson DeChambeau, on the new rule of dropping a golf ball from knee height.
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“He's a lot smarter than I am. He was throwing out some numbers and stuff today. He was, it's interesting, I've never played with him so it was fascinating to see the way he works, and he obviously does it very, very well.” – Gary Woodland, on playing with Bryson DeChambeau at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
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“If I have an 8-footer to win a golf tournament, I can't, I mean no offense, I can't really take myself seriously if I kept the pin in. I mean it just would be such a weird picture and like on TV me celebrating and like the pin is in and my ball's like up against it ... If I have a putt I'm trying to make, that thing's coming out.” – Justin Thomas, on the debate over putting with the flagstick in.
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