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Quotes of the Week

Rory McIlroy at the 2013 Valero Texas Open
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“I don't think clubs have anything to do with it at all ... switching clubs is no big thing. I switched three or four times in my career, and it took me a day to get used to them; it's all overblown. I think all the top clubs are virtually identical.” – Curtis Strange, to Reuters, on the criticism Rory McIlroy has taken for changing to Nike clubs.

“What I see now is that the talent that we all thought would be there is not there.” – Annika Sorenstam, to Golf Magazine, on Michelle Wie.

“He is focused on 20. That may be a little hard to believe, considering what's transpired in the last three years, but that's where his focus is. He thinks he is capable of winning 20 majors.” – Notah Begay, to Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated, on Tiger Woods.

“It doesn’t matter what happened. What matters is what you do after ... You just have to pick yourself up and move on and not feel sorry for yourself. It’s life.”I.K. Kim, responding to multiple questions about the 14-inch putt she missed on the 72nd hole of last year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, a miss that cost her the title.

“I don't think it's a good moment to go there. It would be a stupid idea with the way things are. I don't want to mess with my life just to play in a golf tournament.”Alvaro Quiros, to Reuters, who said he will skip this month’s Ballantine’s Championship in Seoul, South Korea because of growing political tensions in the region. He believes the European Tour should cancel the tournament.

“I think people want to make a story out of most things, and to get people to read it, it has to be exaggerated to some extent. For me, I’m a person that doesn’t really overthink things. If I want to play the week before the Masters, I play the week before the Masters. I want to go out there and play well this week. There is not really anything more to it than that.” – McIlroy, on criticism of him playing this week at the Valero Texas Open.

“She has a long way to go, let's put it that way. There was a time when the LPGA really needed her. I thought she had a lot to bring to the table. Now, she's one of many.” – Sorenstam, again, on Wie.

“The dogs still love me; the wife still loves me; my kids still love me. I’m in a very happy place. I’m very content with things. I get to play golf for a living. How much more lucky can I get?” – Jason Gore, after losing 44 pounds and getting his shoulder healthy, who is playing this week at the Valero Texas Open on a sponsor exemption.