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Quotes of the Week

Phil Mickelson
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'I happen to be in that zone that has been targeted both federally and by the state and, you know, it doesn't work for me right now. So I'm going to have to make some changes. If you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate's 62, 63 percent. So I've got to make some decisions on what I'm going to do.'Phil Mickelson, following his final round at the Humana Challenge, reacting to Proposition 30, passed by the state of California last November, which significantly impacts those who have a taxable annual income of more than $1 million.

'You know, I’ve made some dumb, dumb mistakes, and, obviously, talking about this stuff was one of them. I made a big mistake talking about this stuff publicly, and I shouldn’t have done that.' – Mickelson, again, during his Farmers Insurance Open news conference, apologizing for going public with his tax complaints that caused a public relations mess heading into the week.

'Our objective always has been to try our best to follow the rules as promulgated by the USGA and the R&A. We believe in the notion that one body of rules is important, and that's always our intent. We just reserve the option not to, if we have overriding reasons not to do so.' – PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, leaving the door open for possible bifurcation in response to the anchoring ban that the USGA and R&A intend to implement.

'(Finchem’s comments) are pretty interesting and powerful words from somebody of his stature. Maybe we are at a point where we need to consider what impact bifurcation would have and if that's an answer or a potential answer to this situation.' – PGA of America President Ted Bishop, speaking from the 60th PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., on Finchem's recent comments that he wouldn't rule out bifurcation as a solution to the impending anchored putting ban.

'There were a lot of questions, but it was surprising that most of the players who use anchored putters didn’t say anything.' – Anonymous observer from the year's first players' meeting in which the impending anchor ban was openly discussed. While most players declined to discuss specifics with the media, two participants in the meeting said Tim Clark stepped up strongest in defense of anchored putting.

''So No. 8, Tom snipes it to the left off the tee, and I'm right there. He hits it again, left of the green - pin was back left. I'm up there ... He basically yelled at me saying, 'I moved you out of here once,' and basically moved me out of there twice. I just wanted to see, you know? Tom Watson. He sniped one, and sniped another one, and I happened to be right there on both of those shots. And Bruce let me know about it.''Tiger Woods, describing a scene from his elementary school days when he had a run-in with Tom Watson and his caddie, the late Bruce Edwards, at Riviera in 1985.

'I have no doubt we can get it worked out. With his touch he will have more problems with the driver. That’s the one it will take him a little bit longer to get.' – Rory McIlroy's putting coach Dave Stockton Sr., on the world No. 1's recent switch to Nike equipment. After struggling with his new putter during the first round in Abu Dhabi, McIlroy switched back to his old one on Day 2, but still missed the cut.

'It’s a process and we understand it’s the early days. He’s fully confident. It’s an issue of comfort, and I think in time it will all play out really well.' – Nike Golf president Cindy Davis, discussing McIlroy's sluggish start to the 2013 season on 'Morning Drive.'

'At the LPGA, we celebrate great players from all over the world on a weekly basis, but this is the first time we’ll pit country versus country for global bragging rights.' – LPGA commissioner Michael Whan, on the announcement of the International Crown, a biennial, global match-play competition commencing in 2014. The event will feature eight countries, consisting of four players each, competing over four days.

'I've tried to have a positive outlook, as bad as I've played and as much as I struggled. My girls are at an age now that they understand. The last time I played really well, they were pretty young. So I'd like to show them what their dad can do.' – Mike Weir, who made the cut this week at Torrey Pines for the first time since the 2011 AT&T National, a drought that lasted 18 events.