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They said it... 2009

Last updated: 14th January 2010

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Tiger - everyone's talking about him.

Tiger - everyone's talking about him.

Golf365 picks out the best of the latest quotes from around the world of golf, including this week's headline makers.

"We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well in the future."

AT&T drops the world's number one player (31 Dec).


"Time usually heals all wounds."

Jack Nicklaus is positive about the long term prospects for Tiger Woods' reputation (18 Dec).


"After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."

Tiger Woods tries to end the speculation but just starts a whole new train of conjecture (12 Dec).


"That's what friends are for. You support them through good and bad."

Tiger Woods' caddie Steve Williams sticks by his boss (10 Dec).


"Whilst I am a very good friend of his, I don't know what he does off the course."

Tiger Woods' caddie Steve Williams still sticks by his boss. Sort of (20 Dec).


"Yes, this is the big story of the week - a golfer crashed a car. Yawn."

Jo Brand, guest presenter of UK television show Have I Got News For You (4 Dec).


"Elin is family to us."

Jesper Parnevik explains why he was so hurt by the stunning news about Tiger Woods (3 Dec).


"To be frank, I think there's less of a buzz."

Zach Johnson on the Tiger-less Chevron World Challenge (4 Dec).


"I'm human and I'm not perfect."

Tiger Woods (2 Dec).


"I have someone down in front of my house."

An Isleworth resident prompts the unravelling of the biggest golf story of the year (27 Nov).


"Oh my gosh, I want to cry. I'm so relieved."

Not Tiger Woods waking from a dream but Malaysia's Shabaan Hussin who missed the cut in the final event of the Asian Tour season and had to wait all weekend to see if he held onto 65th place in the rankings to keep his card for next year. His luck was in! (6 Dec)


"If it wasn't going to be us to win today, I won't begrudge the Italians to win it. They played great today, they deserve it."

A gracious Rory McIlroy after finishing second behind the Molinari brothers in the World Cup (29 Nov).


"This is my moment."

Lee Westwood is so excited about winning the Race to Dubai he starts quoting Martine McCutcheon (22 Nov).


"20 years of age, millionaire, hits it miles, nice looking girlfriend, drives a Lamborghini. Yeah, it's a hard life isn't it?"

And Westwood doesn't feel the need to waste too much sympathy on his friend Rory McIlroy(22 Nov).


"The secret was there was no secret."

Lee Westwood spent the week of the Dubai World Championship talking about a mysterious plan that didn't exist (22 Nov).


"This is ridiculous :-( can I just withdraw and go home?!? Haha :-)"

Brittany Lincicome (like the rest of the field) loses patience as, on Sunday afternoon, she still waiting to complete round two of the LPGA Tour Championship (22 Nov).


"I went to my wife's farm for a week and I thought, 'I'm not going to shave.' And got back home and said, 'I'm not going to shave.' And the next week, 'No, I'm not going to shave.' The minute she tells me I've got to shave it, I'll probably have to."

Louis Oosthuizen talks about his new look (20 Nov).


"Following the Villegas group are a lot of what I suppose you'd call dolly girl types."

On course commentator Ken Brown loses focus (19 Nov).


"Everyone goes on about all this fitness but golf is just walking and swinging a club. I don't buy into it at all. If you don't think I can walk 36 holes because I'm 45 I think you're wrong."

Laura Davies does it her way (14 Nov).


"Doug Barron? Look at him. Tell him to take his shirt off and ask anyone, 'Do you think he is on performance enhancing drugs?'"

Rod Pampling reacts to news of golf's first positive drug test (8 Nov).


"It made me realize I'm actually a nobody. I thought I was decent somebody, but this confirms it. In worldwide golf, I'm a nobody."

Pat Perez goes to China for the HSBC Champions event and is followed by ... nobody (8 Nov).


"I tried to take a 5-wood, aim left and hit a big cut. But because of the downhill, I kind of stood back on my swing, and I hit the ground first, basically duffed it."

An honest assessment from Ernie Els about the shot into water at 18 which cost him victory in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai (8 Nov).


"Maybe getting smacked in the head might have snapped something in me."

Ladies European Tour player Rebecca Coakley was hit on the head by the driver of an amateur at the driving range in China but then produced the best form of her career (8 Nov).


"Most of the words I know (in Thai) are not the good words."

Tiger Woods is asked if he talked to Thongchai Jaidee in Thai during the first two rounds of the HSBC but owns up to his limitations (6 Nov).


"And following this group are the official observers, Mr Ben and Mr Hur."

The official starter at the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai is confused when his announcement causes giggles amongst the westerners (4 Nov).


"I told them it was closer to a disaster site than a golf course."

Randy Watkins, tournament director at the Viking Classic, on what he said to PGA Tour officials (1 Nov).


"Somebody jumped in my body last week and I guess he's still there."

Champion Tour player Phil Blackmar is pleased but surprised to have won his first event on the senior stage - and then maintained his form (1 Nov).


"I made it to Korea without too much hassle. Now dinner (5.52am EST) and then sleep. Kind of strange huh?"

Sophie Gustafsson tweets about the curious business of travelling around the globe to play golf (27 Oct).


Anna Rawson: "Interesting to see couples in Korea wearing the same shirt/sweater. Exactly the same shirt! I heard it's very now. Hmmm not my cup of tea."
YE Yang: "Anna - If you've seen a lot of identical shirt couples in the airport, they would be honeymooners, not everyday couples."

LPGA fashion guru Anna Rawson and PGA Champion YE Yang exchange cultural notes via Twitter (26 Oct).


"I'm on the moon."

Sweden's Michael Jonzon is excited after winning for the first time in 12 years. If he wins again in the next 12 months he might find himself over the moon (25 Oct).


"I'm more nervous now than when I was playing which is kind of weird."

Jamie Lovemark almost wins the Frys.com Open but finds talking to the press a bit more stressful (25 Oct).


"My last meal in Japan. I am very sad about that. I love this country. I will be back soon ..."

Paula Creamer tweets about her affection for Japan (25 Oct).


"Two 61s. I don't have to worry about playing better than that. Because I can't."

Troy Matteson is a little dazed after taking a record-breaking 122 strokes to complete 36 holes (24 Oct).


"I made what I made and I missed what I missed."

A sanguine Angel Cabrera races from Bermuda to Spain for the Castellon Masters only to miss his tee time by 15 minutes (22 Oct).


"Go and watch the second half of Nottingham Forest and Newcastle."

Lee Westwood reveals his 'game plan' after round three of the Portugal Masters. It worked. Forest beat the Championship title favourites 1-0 and Westwood went on to claim his first win in over two years (17 Oct).


"I played the front nine like Ben Hogan, the back nine like Hulk Hogan."

Darren Clarke after he shot 31-38 in the Madrid Masters (9 Oct).


"Don't tell the captain, but I think Ernie's may be the best wine produced by our team."

Geoff Ogilvy continues to be golf's best twitterer (9 Oct).


"This is like the Vatican of golf."

American comedian George Lopez talks about St Andrew's, the home of golf (3 Oct).


"Everything is possible, believe me."

One-legged golfer Manuel de los Santos reflects on his debut in the Dunhill Links Championship (1 Oct).


Gareth Maybin: "I took two weeks off, did me a world of good. Worked on a few things and made a few things a little better. I changed my putter, changed the grip on my putter and the way I go about putting, changed my style a bit."
Questioner: "Putter, caddie, anything else?"
Gareth Maybin: "I was going to say my girlfriend but she's still hanging around!"

Gareth Maybin's has natural Irish charm (1 Oct).


"One shot at a time and all that rubbish."

Felicity Johnson provides a typically down-to-earth and entertaining take on how she turned a good position into a maiden win in Tenerife (27 Sept).


"Yeah, his cheque was for $10 million."

Phil Mickelson is asked who felt the bigger winner - Tiger Woods or himself after the Tour Championship/Fedex Cup tropgy ceremony (27 Sept).


"How can it not?"

The media ask Kenny Perry if playing for $10 million "gets his attention" (26 Sept).


"It wasn't just me that got us four down - he did it as well."

A deadpan Henrik Stenson is asked how he recovered from being 4 down with 6 to play - and immediately shared responsibility with partner Peter Hanson (26 Sept).


"I was so far back I wasn't thinking of winning."

Many players say as much, but not many players mean it and yet still win. Rafa Cabrera Bello did, though, after a superb last round of 60 in Austria (20 Sept).


"I don't deserve to be interviewed. I want them interviewing the guy who's leading the tournament. It's frustrating when they want to interview me just because I'm Arnold Palmer's grandson."

Sam Saunders talks prior to missing the cut on his first pro start on the Nationwide Tour (19 Sept).


"I can't believe I did this. it just shows how mentally weak I am."

Brandt Snedeker four putts the final green in the BMW Championship when a two-putt would have taken him to the Tour Championship (13 Sept).


"Even if you were born in the 1960s, you don't necessarily have to be a flower child; I rather chose to become a golfer."

Markus Brier reveals how he turned his back on putting flowers in his hair. Good job really. (14 Sept).


""Absolutely, it's one of my best years. There's no doubt about that. You know, I haven't won as many times as I did in 2000, didn't win any majors this year, but I've never had a year where I've been this consistent."

So it's not just all about majors for Tiger Woods. Hmmm. (13 Sept).


"I got a message from Tiger this morning. It said, 'Keep doing your ****.' So I guess I did keep doing my ****."

Suzann Pettersen wins the CN Canadian Open after a text message of support from fellow Nike athlete Tiger Woods (6 Sept).


"First I was too nervous to sleep before the last round, then I was too happy to sleep after the tournament."

Alexander Noren has trouble with his sleeping patterns before and after winning the Omega European Masters (7 Sept).


"I feel pretty good with what I've done and I think Ernie - he could have worked a little bit harder."

Tiger Woods compares and contrasts his and Ernie Els' recuperation from ACL surgery (4 Sept).


"Went and hit a few balls at the TPC. Most went forwards and in the air, so I think we can call it a success."

Geoff Ogilvy tweets some reassuring news from the range in Boston (2 Sept).


"Usually, he makes it. Ho-hum for him. I guess you can't make 'em all."

The Barclays winner Heath Slocum is understandably sanguine about Tiger Woods' failure to hole a clutch putt on 18 (30 Aug).


"Stop talking dad, I'm focused."

Byeong-Hun An , the youngest ever winner of the US Amateur at 17-years-of-age, explains what he said to his caddie during the final (30 Aug).


"If you think about a pink elephant you just think about a pink elephant."

Martin Erlandsson reveals the secret to his remarklable last round of 62 that was very nearly enough to pinch the Johnnie Walker Championship (30 Aug).


"Heading up to New England today. The course next week should be more enjoyable."

Golf's finest twitterer Geoff Ogilvy doesn't pull any punches (30 Aug).


"That was definitely the shot of my life. One to talk about to the grandchildren."

22-year-old Beatriz Recari might have a long time to wait for that fireside chat, but she'll deserve it after holing out from 161 metres to win the Finnair Masters (30 Aug).


"Michelle Wie looks like she's had more fun this week than in the rest of her life put together."

Rob Lee on the flowering of Michelle Wie (Sky commentary, 23 Aug)


"I'm having nightmares about that hole. Played it poorly last year and this year. I shouldn't really say anything but, I don't know. I can't play that hole. I don't know. I should leave it at that. I can't ..."

Kevin Stadler who bogied the 18th in regulation to drop into a play-off and then lost on the 18th in the play-off at the Wyndham Championship (23 Aug).


"Well, I gave Beth a hard time. I told her on Sunday of the British, okay, I support whatever you do, but if Juli isn't on this team, I'm going to hit you really hard."

Angela Stanford explains the importance of Juli Inkster's inclusion in the Solheim Cup team (20 Aug).


"So just went in and honestly sat on the couch the entire time and did not move. It was fantastic. Got a couple magazines, watched a little TV, played with my phone. All the exciting stuff."

Ryan Moore explains how he coped with a four hour storm delay (20 Aug).


"He did say to me actually he would have paid to have seen it. So I asked him for 50 bucks."

Tiger Woods commends Padraig Harrington's bunker shot - and is taken at his word! (15 Aug)


"I spoke to him and said: Lucas, why don't we step back here for a second and have a ceremonial photo. He had made bogey, so he met me with an expletive."

Stewart Cink played with his friend and fellow 2009 major winner Lucas Glover at the PGA Championship. But Lucas chose not to have a photo to celebrate. (14 Aug)


"I don't know if you guys know it or not, but we got put on the clock. I don't think that Paddy would have hit the pitch shot that way if he was able to take his time, look at it, analyze it, but he was on the clock, had to get up there quickly and hit it."

Tiger Woods has sympathy for Padraig Harrington whose treble bogey at 16, which included a trip to the water, ended the Irishman's hopes of winning their epic duel at Firestone.


"I think honestly if we both hit good shots, which is something difficult and very strange, we are very close."

Asked who is the longest hitter, himself or playing partner JB Holmes, Alvaro Quiros gives a typically light-hearted and self-deprecating response (7 Aug).


"I was hitting it so bad we couldn't gauge anything anyway."

And then JB Holmes gives his equally entertaining take too (7 Aug).


"I will eat first, smoke my cigar and then hit a few putts then perhaps go to the swimming pool."

Miguel Angel Jimenez explains his between-round schedule (6 Aug).


"Dad, you did really well. You finished third."

Lee Westwood reveals how his son reacted to his father's narrow loss at the Open Championship (5 Aug).


"It's going to be so nice that I can ask to have a banana for lunch instead of delivering the banana for the whole team."

Previous Solheim Cup captain Helen Alfredsson is looking forward to being a team member again (2 August).


"Gosh there is so much I want to to tweet (vent) but can't as it won't be too P.C."

Karren Stupples tweets a response to her non-selection in the Solheim Cup (2 Aug).


"Why did I like it here? Just everything: the beautiful grey, British summer."

Christina Kim does her bit for the Blackpool and Lytham tourist board (1 Aug).


"The hole was as big as a trash can today."

Scott Piercy explains why he had a 64 (1 Aug).


"Kenny Perry sat me aside and talked to me after about the 9th or 10th tournament of the year and said just stop playing to make the cut. Go out there to win because you have the game to do it."

Matt Bettencourt on the talk that transformed his season (1 Aug).


"I just was licking my chops in mid air on an 8-iron."

Mark Calcavecchia on his record breaking nine birdie streak at the Canadian Open (25 Jul).


"I always wondered ... My dad has taught Padraig for 11 years, and three majors, and he pays him. He's taught me for 40 years and I don't pay him. I don't know if he's telling him stuff that he doesn't tell me.

Sam Torrance wonders what the real secret of success might be (25 Jul).


"That was false information. It was speculation as to I was going to do that, but it didn't end up working. It was quite uncomfortable. A false rumour."

Jason Dufner was wrongly rumoured to be joining Stewart Cink on Twitter. But Jason seems to think it was rumoured he was about to be spied on by the Stasi (25 Jul).


"When a guy almost 60 years old should have won the British, can't use that excuse anymore."

Scott Verplank won't be blaming any bad play on his age any more (25 Jul).


"It's not a funeral."

Tom Watson to the press as they troop solemnly into the post-play-off press conference (19 July).


"You could probably be King of Scotland. These people love you."

Steve Marino to Tom Watson during the third round at Turnberry (18 July).


"I know that sounds crazy for a major, the British Open Turnberry. There's a million reasons to go. I just feel like it's gonna be better for me to go to Milwaukee and go with my family."

Brett Quigley passes on his chance to play in the Open (12 Jul).


"Yeah. It's okay. It was my bag, not somebody in the crowd."

Cristie Kerr is told her attack of her bag was caught on camera, but keeps things in perspective (12 Jul).


"It's one of them days. Couldn't put my finger on it, it was either brilliant or useless."

Steve Webster who followed a hole-in-one with an eagle and then a double bogey (12 Jul).


"I'm not sure the last time I had a 4-putt."

Morgan Pressel twitters after struggling at the brutal US Open (10 Jul).


"Ice and Advil are my two favourite things right now."

Paula Creamer tries to cope with her sore thumb (8 Jul).


"My dad's generation is Scottish and my mom's side are Irish, but just had a little boy six months ago and he's Archie Fraser. That's as Scottish as it gets. Loved the name, suits him I think."

Marcus Fraser gets all Celtic (10 Jul).


"Dicky, get to the John Deere Classic. Someone is using your name and they're playing good."

Dicky Pride's cousin Trent texts him after his good start (9 Jul).


"I was expecting it to be something like Carnoustie, something flatter, something where everything just rolls around real bad. But I take it y'all get a lot of rain over here."

The are no flies on Boo Weekley. Midges maybe, but no flies (8 Jul).


"Great job. Now it's my turn."

Tiger Woods texts congratulations to his friend and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer (5 July).


"Well, I guess since I've lost, they said in the TV tower, 337 straight times, I guess I'm overcoming the fear of losing now."

Michael Allen tries to explain the superb form he has enjoyed on the PGA our since his 50th birthday (4 July).


"I'd never, ever have a golfing vacation because it's not interesting for me to go out there and do that."

Tiger Woods does his bit for golf tourism (3 July).


"I was working in Jack O'Leggs pro-shop full-time in Hitchin. I was 18 years old and it was kind of a dull year where I hadn't played any competitive golf at all. I was a four handicap - as I was from 16-18 years old. I would probably have been dusting the shop or re-merchandising, or trying not to dust the shop and watch the Open on the telly thinking 'get me out of this pro-shop!'"

Ian Poulter's life has changed since the Open was last held at Turnberry, in 1994 (1 July).


"It's probably $600 or $700 a night would be my guess. It's like an eight-day minimum or something. It costs five or six grand."

Jim Furyk explains why he isn't staying at the Turnberry Hotel during the Open (1 July).


"He's uncle Davis. He helped me at the CVS a couple times when I was first coming out. He's been like a big brother."

Davis Love has been everything to Lucas Glover's apart from father figure (1 July).


"Fans actually knew who I was for once."

US Open winner Lucas Glover has lost his anonymity (28 June).


"I think Casey Wittenberg was up there, too. What is he, like eight years old?"

Paul Goydos is feeling his age (28 June).


"The only thing missing was maybe the Harlem Globe Trotters soundtrack."

Paul Goydos on a putt that went one way, then the next, slowed down, speeded up and then did a lap of honour before dropping into the cup (27 June).


"Well, I mean when is it going to end? Last week was out of control long. All they gotta do is narrow the fairways and grow the rough. You have to get the guys to think a little bit out there and play a little more

course management instead of the old bomb and gouge approach."

Kenny Perry discusses the set-up of golf courses (26 June).


"No, I won't wear a kilt, no."

John Daly is asked if his wild sense of fashion extends to Scottish skirts (24 June).


"Questioner: You're in your 40s now; do you feel jet lag a bit more than you used to?
Retief Goosen: I'm not in my 40s. I am 40!"

The Goose flaps his wings about his age (24 June).


"We've all been on both ends of the draw. You get good, you get bad. Feel sympathy? I don't know about that. I've had it plenty of times the other way. I don't think anybody feels sympathy out here."

Mike Weir isn't feeling sorry about getting a good draw (20 June)


"I'm going to do what I can - in fact, I might sponsor it myself."

The St Jude tournament needs a new sponsor. Little wonder two-time winner David Toms doesn't want it to go missing from the schedule (14 June).


"But we're all going to die as far as I can tell. I'm working on not dying but no one has really been successful yet."

Not for the first time Paul Goydos displays more perspective than most (13 June).


"Questioner: Last fall you talked about sleeping with your putter on Saturday night. Are you going to try that again?
Robert Allenby: My wife is here this week, so I'll sleep with her. Be much better."

No need for marriage guidance for the Allenbys (12 June).


"Who says I wasn't p*ssing and moaning? It is what it is. U.S. Opens aren't fair in a lot of ways."

If Monty or Mickelson read Geoff Ogilvy's words they might start twitching (20 June).


"It was great yesterday afternoon, sitting and watching them play and all that, and so I really felt for them sweating in that heat."

Lee Westwood on the frustration of getting on the wrong side of the draw (20 June)


"I love playing the game. I love competing. But more than that, I'd really like my wife and my family to see how I can actually play this game. They haven't seen me at my best, and I want them to."

David Duval is enjoying playing well again (19 June).


"We played in snow in Georgia, and we played in rain quite a bit. It's definitely a lot easier playing with a caddie in the rain."

College student Ricky Fowler has faced worse than the downpours at Bethpage (19 June).


"I'm not big on celebrity. I don't like that word. I'm an athlete. I'm a golfer. I'm happy with that word. And I'm happy to set an example with work ethic and hopefully how I behave on the golf course and off the golf course."

Paul Casey sounding a bit like, err, a celebrity (17June).


"I said to her, "That was bloody awesome.""

Lindsey Wright was born in England but, when she was discussing the McDonald's Championship winner Anna Nordqvist, there was little doubt about her Australian breeding (14 June).


"I'm going to do what I can - in fact, I might sponsor it myself."

The St Jude tournament needs a new sponsor. Little wonder two-time winner David Toms doesn't want it to go missing from the schedule (14 June).


"But we're all going to die as far as I can tell. I'm working on not dying but no one has really been successful yet."

Not for the first time Paul Goydos displays more perspective than most (13 June).


"Questioner: Last fall you talked about sleeping with your putter on Saturday night. Are you going to try that again?
Robert Allenby: My wife is here this week, so I'll sleep with her. Be much better."

No need for marriage guidance for the Allenbys (12 June).


"Worth the drive back, yeah."

Stephen Dodd drove home from London to Cardiff on Friday, convinced he had missed the cut - only to return later that night. He very nearly posted an unbeatable target on Sunday but he still retrieved his petrol costs (31 May).


"French golf is in a great state, and I'm just so proud to be able to say, hey, don't forget me, I'm not over the hill yet."

Christian Cevaer is about to hit the big four-oh, but he's not finished on the golf course (31 May).


"4-iron, I pulled it a little bit into a bush. I take a drop. I had no drop, so I tried to take a drop in the path. The ball moved a club and a half again to the bush. It was in play, but I had a shot left-handed, tried to play it, third shot. The fourth shot, I hit it into the bush again, take a drop again. Try to drop it again in the path, next to the bush, I putted left-handed and next to the green, chip short and 2-putt. That was a good nine. I made nine feet for nine, so could be a ten. So it was a good nine."

Pablo Larrazabal looks on the bright side of his 9 on the par 3 17th hole (30 May).


"Trying, for one time in my life, to play intelligent on the course."

Michael Lorenzo Vera is all too aware that he needs to calm his hot head (29 May).


"Yeah, it's cool, because when you miss a drive, they can find the ball."

Lorenzo Vera, again, this time on the benefits of playing in front of big crowds (29 May).


"Crowds take to Rory McIlroy like they take to Susan Boyle. They've even got similar hair."

Britain might have talent but Steve Beddow hasn't got great eyesight (Commentary, 30 May).


"Worth the drive back, yeah."

Stephen Dodd drove home from London to Cardiff on Friday, convinced he had missed the cut - only to return later that night. He very nearly posted an unbeatable target on Sunday but he still retrieved his petrol costs (31 May).


"French golf is in a great state, and I'm just so proud to be able to say, hey, don't forget me, I'm not over the hill yet."

Christian Cevaer is about to hit the big four-oh, but he's not finished on the golf course (31 May).


"4-iron, I pulled it a little bit into a bush. I take a drop. I had no drop, so I tried to take a drop in the path. The ball moved a club and a half again to the bush. It was in play, but I had a shot left-handed, tried to play it, third shot. The fourth shot, I hit it into the bush again, take a drop again. Try to drop it again in the path, next to the bush, I putted left-handed and next to the green, chip short and 2-putt. That was a good nine. I made nine feet for nine, so could be a ten. So it was a good nine."

Pablo Larrazabal looks on the bright side of his 9 on the par 3 17th hole (30 May).


"Trying, for one time in my life, to play intelligent on the course."

Michael Lorenzo Vera is all too aware that he needs to calm his hot head (29 May).


"Yeah, it's cool, because when you miss a drive, they can find the ball."

Lorenzo Vera, again, this time on the benefits of playing in front of big crowds (29 May).


"Crowds take to Rory McIlroy like they take to Susan Boyle. They've even got similar hair."

Britain might have talent but Steve Beddow hasn't got great eyesight (Commentary, 30 May).


"Are you kidding me? My son is more of an avid golfer than anybody in this room. He wears me out. When I leave my job and go home, it's all about him and his golf. Really, every day I come home and he goes, "Good job, dad. You made lots of birdies." He knows what's going on. The beauty about it is just seeing the innocent joy in their eyes."

Byron Nelson Champ Rory Sabbatini on getting a review from his son. (24 May)


Question: "Are you more relaxed when you're chasing down like that?"
Scott McCarron: "No, I'm more relaxed when I'm ten shots clear of everybody."

Sunday charger McCarron tells the truth. (24 May)


"Are you kidding me? My son is more of an avid golfer than anybody in this room. He wears me out. When I leave my job and go home, it's all about him and his golf. Really, every day I come home and he goes, "Good job, dad. You made lots of birdies." He knows what's going on. The beauty about it is just seeing the innocent joy in their eyes."

Byron Nelson Champ Rory Sabbatini on getting a review from his son. (24 May)


Question: "Are you more relaxed when you're chasing down like that?"
Scott McCarron: "No, I'm more relaxed when I'm ten shots clear of everybody."

Sunday charger McCarron tells the truth. (24 May)


"A good caddie, huh?!"

Jade Schaeffer, winner of the Ladies German Open, on her 13-year-old caddie Sophie Von Fischer from the Bavarian Golf Association.


"I've got some video footage of me hitting balls when I was 18, 19. It's not that pretty, but I managed to get it done."

Ian Poulter turned pro at 16 and spent three or four years selling tees and taking green fees - his swing suffered but he's played catch-up since. (20 May)


"Yeah, well, the place I grew up in is "Windy Warrnambool". It's right on the south-eastern tip of Australia. The next stop south is Antarctica."

Australian Marc Leishman might be worth putting in the notebooks as a bad weather player. (23 May)

"She just goes, 'You know what, I want to have enough money in the bank this year to buy this and that, so that's the goal.'"

Rory Sabbatini jokingly suggests his wife plans his playing schedule (22 May 2009).


Chris: I hit it better in the fairway today. I think I only hit five fairways yesterday.

Traci: No, you had five in the first cut too, that's as good as hitting it in the fairway.

Chris: It is. I'm not complaining, I've only had two bad lies and they were both on 6. I just got to hit that fairway tomorrow. Maybe I'll play it with an 8-iron. I haven't hit the 18th fairway either. My wife is on my bag right now. She's a great caddie -

Traci: He played really, really well. You made it look easy. I thought the numbers were going to be a lot lower yesterday. I was talking with Jim Remy and -

Chris: She talks more than I do.

Husband and wife duo Chris and Traci Starkjohann talk about "their" second round at the Senior PGA Championship (22 May 2009).


"A couple small adjustments? Yeah, I think a vodka tonic."

Fuzzy Zoeller indentifies the main problem with his game after fininshing the first round of the Senior PGA Championship six shots off the pace (21 May 2009).


"Adjustments? Just wake up tomorrow morning. That's the only adjustment I need to make is to just wake up. I didn't play well. Didn't hit the ball well, didn't hit fairways, didn't hit greens; other than that it was great."

Greg Norman was a bit more pragmatic about about his day (21 May 2009).


"We played a game called "river golf." We bring these clubs down and we play with these plastic balls, and every time we'd see a little nice camp of a beach, we'd pull our rafts over and set up a bucket somewhere and we'd play over these rocks and hit these little plastic balls trying to get it into the bucket."

Mike Weir didn't let a whitewater rafting trip interrupt his training ahead of the Byron Nelson Championship (21 May 2009).


"I'm pretty brutally honest with my media guide there, but really, I'm exactly like any other single 26-year-old. I love going to the movies, I love hanging out with mates and having a couple drinks in bars and chasing girls. It's typical of a guy - I'm just the only one that actually says it"

PGA Tour rookie James Nitties rightfully doesn't feel the need to defend a media guide that lists his special interests as "clubbing, girls, movies" (21 May 2009).


"I was able to go to the bathroom after regulation, which was huge."

Too much information from Zach Johnson, winner of the Texas Open after a play-off (17 May).


"We had a cup of tea and a bit of breakfast."

Shane Lowry reveals the secret of getting ready for the biggest 18 holes of his life (17 May).


"I would have missed the cut by 15 shots."

Johan Edfors is asked how he would have fared as a 22-year-old amateur playing the Irish Open in appalling conditions (16 May).


"I currently drive a Range Rover, but I now drive a Range Rover and an Audi, so that's quite nice."

Paul Lawrie celebrates becoming a two-car family after his hole in one at Baltray (15 May).


"My short game was just awful, and I was at the airport in the PGA TOUR shop, and went in and I saw "The Secret of Chipping" by Phil Mickelson. I bought the DVD, and I've been chipping great ever since."

Ted Purdy does his bit for Phil Mickelson and the PGA shop, then asks for his percentage (15 May).


"You know, anybody, when we play good, you wonder why you don't do this all the time because it's so easy. It's not strenuous, your head is not going crazy, your body doesn't hurt."

Helen Alfredsson ponders the elusive ease of good play - which so contrasts with the experience of playing badly (15 May).


"I don't shave very often, maybe every other week or so. So it's about two weeks now I guess. I cut my hair last week, as well."

Until he finds himself a barber and a razor, Johan Edfors might not be too welcome on the PGA Tour for a while (14 May).


"Sunday night? It was okay. Of course, I was a little bit disappointed. I think I played better than 79. I got really unlucky. It was maybe not 69, but 73/4 should be very easy in those conditions, but you know, that's the way golf sometimes is."

A circumspect Alex Cejka reflects on his disastrous final round at The Players (13 May 2009).


"It wasn't so much schtick. I never think about it in a bad way at all. I think it was more good fun. It would have been schtick had I lost the tournament by one; there would have been a lot of schtick, and had anytime anyone mentioned it, I probably would not have felt too good about it. But as it was a good ultimate result, anytime anyone mentions it, I'm always thinking in the back of my mind, "I won." So for me it's not been a problem at all."

Richard Finch on falling into the river at last year's Texas Open and his new nickname, 'Splash' (12 May 2009).


"I could sleep in them as pajamas, wake up, play golf in them, put a white or orange sport coat on and go to dinner. You could use them for anything. No big deal. (Chuckling)."

John Daly talks about his controversial trousers (12 May 2009).


"It's somewhat fun."

Jim Furyk gives a slightly guarded reply to the question "Is Sawgrass a fun course to play?" (9 May 2009).


"Tiger Woods has been seeing (a sports psychologist) since he was four or five years old and still works with one, so if he needs it, I certainly need it."

Cristie Kerr isn't too proud to look for help on the mental side of her game (9 May 2009).


"We'll practice our chipping on a cart path tonight."

Retief Goosen puts the fast conditions at Sawgrass into perspective (9 May 2009).


Questioner: "Johnny Miller said you looked like a 14 handicapper?"
Tiger Woods: "Coming from him that's pretty good, I guess."

Tiger Woods - the world's greatest 14 handicap hacker (9 May 2009).


"He bites, but he doesn't hold on."

Pascal, the frogman who retrieves ball from the water around the 17th green at Sawgrass, talks about the alligator that lives in the lake (on Live@ ThePlayers, 8 May 2009).


"I played with JB Holmes. When he's hitting a rescue club on a par-3 you know it's a couple of yards too long for a par-three."

Henrik Stenson raises objections to "boring" 240-yard par 3s (8 May 2009)


"For me it was just a little trip and I don't remember really that much. But I think for my father it was quite scary. It wasn't that easy to flee from a Communist country. [We went] by foot, by train, by bike, everything. Swimming, too. A little bit of everything. I think we swam across the Rhine."

Alex Cejka plays up to the crowd by suggesting he and his father did everything to cross the Iron Curtain bar drive headlong at Checkpoint Charlie in a Trabant (8 May 2009).


"1994 world foosball champion ... Ted Scott."

Bubba Watson introduces his multi-talented caddie (2 May 2009).


"Everyone questions themselves when they don't win for six years like I haven't. Obviously I am one of the oldest on the Challenge Tour and you do sometimes wonder why you are here."

Moroccan Classic winner Robert Coles admits to the doubts that eat away at golfers between wins (2 May 2009).


"It feels quite strange when people refer to me as a rookie. I feel anything but."

35-year-old Stuart Davis is new to the European Tour, but not to golf or life (2 May 2009).


"Sometimes you wonder if you've picked the right job with stress like that."

Challenge Tour player Matthew Mills wonders about his employment options after a tense wait to see if he made the cut in the Morroccan Classic (1 May 2009).


"I didn't chew the chicken enough and had to go to the bathroom.

"It's no great drama. I'm like a baby being sick, then I went back to finish the meal."

Controversial American John Daly - down from 20 to 16 stone after having a gastric band inserted in February - had to make a hurried exit from a lunch table after failing to digest a sandwich properly (3 May 2009).


"We're here as entertainment; we're here to raise money for charity and obviously play golf and do what we do.

"But I think we have a pretty good model. It's great to be a part of, and it's unfortunate people feel like they don't need to be - at least their name doesn't need to be out there in the limelight right now. I think they still want to be around golf and around its players, but the whole name-on-a-title thing, it's frustrating just because of the public's perception.

"They just see the winner get this big check on Sunday, and they really don't see the people's lives that you touch off the golf course and what goes on with the charities and what goes on with the guys that miss the cut.

"There's a whole story out there other than a big check at the end of the week."

David Toms takes time out at what used to be called the Wachovia Championship - now the Quail Hollow Championship - to talk about financial institutions, and their reluctance to be major sponsors (2 May 2009).


"I don't know what I learned today from the last couple holes. I played awesome, but the last two holes, I'm not doing that tomorrow."

Rookie sensation Danny Lee is finding life on the TOUR is a learning experience (2 May 2009).


"It feels quite strange when people refer to me as a rookie. I feel anything but."

35-year-old Stuart Davis - who spent seven years as an industrial chemist before turning to pro golf - on being the new "kid" on the block (1 May 2009).


"My tombstone is not going to stay how many wins I have or how many missed cuts I have, unless somebody hates me. It's not going to say that. It's not going to say how many majors Tiger had when he passes away. It's never going to say that, unless somebody hates him.

So I don't pout when I go home. I might pout walking up to the 18th hole because I'm playing bad, but once I putt out my last putt, I'm the happiest guy in the world"

Bubba Watson keeps things in perspective (1 May 2009).


"Good and bad, I guess. Good at Hawai'i and then bad the rest."

George McNeill sums up his season so far (1 May 2009).


"I was very nervous playing the last five holes. It was tough the last five holes. This is going to be my first cut as a professional. I was really nervous about it and I did play really well. I shot three-under today and it was tough conditions out there. I am really happy with my results."

Freshly minted pro golfer Danny Lee makes his first cut since leaving the amateur ranks (1 May 2009).


"It always affects me because I don't want to be - I don't play golf for the limelight, I don't play golf to have everybody stare at me and be in every magazine, so when they come around it's not me. I want to be in my little shell in my house playing video games. It's hard for me because that's not how I've been brought up. I don't like the limelight. I don't like being there.

"You guys [the press] make me nervous.

"It's just because I play golf because I love the golf courses; I love to play, and now I've got all these strangers staring at me. I get nervous around people."

Bubba Watson on the pressures of being at the top of the leaderboard (1 May 2009).


"I'm a one-waggle guy. If I get a little uncomfortable, I might have a couple unfortunately, which I've been fighting a little bit lately. I can't same to get my right foot set. But when that waggle gets back to the ball I usually go. But I don't have a twitch. Some guys talk about they kick their left hip or put their right foot down or something, but usually when that waggle is done, I go."

Lucas Glover talks about the intricacies of addressing the ball (30 Apr 2009).


"I think this is the best course setup that we have on TOUR, for the reason that the recovery shot is back. Because the rough is short, we're able to hit shots under the trees, around the trees, around the greens when we miss a green, and because the greens are firm, those shots aren't easy. Those shots are difficult. I think that challenge really brings the shot making out in the players."

Phil Mickelson finds the 2-inch rough at the Quail Hollow Championship to his liking (30 Apr 2009).


"Just because you don't win the Masters doesn't mean you can't win other events the rest of the year. I just didn't win one particular week. Does it feel good? No, it never does. But that doesn't mean you can't have good years.

"In 2000 I had a pretty good year that year and I didn't win the Masters either."

Tiger issues a warning to his rivals after his Augusta performance (30 Apr 2009).


"It was New York. I don't know how else to describe it. It was New York. I think when you're playing well and everything is going your way, that loudness is all in support

"I played very poorly on Friday's round. I had a couple guys let me know it walking off the 18th. They told me how they really felt about my game at that point.

"It's not worth fighting back. Actually they were probably right, it wasn't all that good (laughter). But that's kind of part of New York. It's part of New York sports."

Jim Furyk muses over his "support" at Bethpage (29 Apr 2008).


"It puts things into perspective really fast, you know? You have days where you're just not feeling very good, especially during my rehab process, or you have a bad day on the golf course. You go home, and I see Sam smiling, and you forget everything you did that day"

Tiger Woods on having kids (29 Apr 2008).


"They're like a bag of prawns on a hot Sunday. They don't travel well."

How Stuart Appleby described American golfers when they failed to show up at a WGC event in Spain in 2000. It's a sentiment worth recalling in the light of the announcement that the HSBC Champions event in China has been granted WGC status (27 Apr 2009).


"I speak a little. It's not very good. "Take out the trash" or "clean the house" or "wash dishes". I understand those."

Tiger Woods talks about his grasp of Swedish, as learnt from wife Elin (27 Apr 2009).


"This is one of the most significant steps ever taken in the globalization of golf, and one of the most logical,"

US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem talking about the fact that the HSBC Champions has been upgraded to a WGC event and along with the majors is now considered to be one of golf's top eight events


"It will be a close affair - make no mistake about that - but you cannot help other than be inspired by the new and great young talent emerging to blend with the nucleus of the team we already have. What we need, of course, is strong support, so we will be looking for the fans to get behind us."

Colin Montgomerie talking about the chances of his European team in next year's Ryder Cup and urging European fans to apply for tickets now that the ticket ballot is open.


"I was just trying to focus. You can say I was trying to get a Tiger-like stare going. His stare is so great. I love looking at it."

Bless him, Jerry Kelly is never going to intimidate anyone with a Tiger-stare - but he still won! (26 Apr 2009)


"Two different people yelled, 'Miss it.' And that was probably the best thing I could have heard because I'm not going to give them the satisfaction, I'll tell you that. There's a lot more great people in those stands that wanted me to make it more than the people who yelled that. You better suck it up and do your job, and I did that."

Jerry Kelly explains how the boo boys managed to inspire rather than distract him as he won the Zurich Classic (26 Apr 2009).


"No, no, my golf has been awful. It's been really bad. You just have to look at my stats. I think with one leg, somebody would play better, you know."

Pablo Martin gives an honest assessment of his form since his maiden win in 2007 (24 Apr 2009).


"I think I feel like I'm killing a snake with my golf swing. I'll put it on video and it's not as bad as I think it is. But it feels awful."

Nathan Green explains his current problems. Perhaps he needs a snake charmer rather than swing coach. (23 Apr 2009).


"It's kind of weird because a couple of years ago I didn't practice with a teacher, I just followed my instincts. But since this year I've been practicing with my professor, and the more I practice with him, the worst results I get. But I think it's not a problem of swing, it's all in my head!"

After three great years on tour Andres Romero is finding life a little less simple (22 Apr 2009).


"Greg Norman called me. Scott Hoch called me. George W. Bush wrote me a letter."

Kenny Perry is consoled by others who never got to wear a green jacket (21 Apr 2009).


"It's pretty fun. I've had room service last night."

Ian Poulter on the famously festive New Orleans (24 April 2009).


"It's the most extraordinary piece of tipping we've seen in a very long time. They (Dave Tindall and Matt Cooper) have led their followers into the land of make-believe. To successfully tip ONE winner at such big odds is an impressive feat but to tip TWO is bordering on the unbelievable. There's nothing we can do other than grit our teeth, pay out to all the followers and salute the guys as the best in class. Where they lead, golf punters will now surely follow."

Okay, we know it was Louis Armstrong who was famous for blowing his own trumpet, but, hey, we had to publish these quotes from Ladbrokes' David Williams after we tipped 100/1 Brian Gay and 66/1 Scott Strange at the weekend (20 Apr 2009).


"I'm absolutely spent right now. My emotions, my physical being, I'm going to sleep like a dead person tonight. I know that. Probably a bit of alcohol will help, too."

Nick Price is overwhelmed by his first, and long awaited, Champions Tour victory (19 Apr 2009).


"It was my last clean outfit I had for the week, I was planning on wearing the pants, I wasn't going to worry about the jacket."

Brian Gay explains why he wore lime green trousers, knowing he might end the day wearing the winner's red tartan jacket at Hilton Head (19 Apr 2009).


"I had a look at the leaderboard at the turn and saw that I was still five clear which was good but then the three three putts rocked the boat a little."

Tusker Kenyan Open winner Gary Boyd contributes the understatement of the week (19 Apr 2009).


"I played in Japan for 12 years. They have a saying - there's a billion Chinamen that couldn't care less how you do. I kind of used that to my benefit because it didn't put any pressure on me, any outside pressure, all the pressure that I had was from me. So I learned to play golf kind of like that."

Todd Hamilton explains how he put his worldwide golfing education to good use (17 Apr 2009).


"What an idiot."

Boo Weekley is asked what he thought when he saw video footage of himself "riding" a horse down the fairway at the Ryder Cup (15 Apr 2009).


"What you see is what you get - for better or worse."

Patsy Weekley on her son Boo (15 Apr 2009).


"Saco verde to you, Saco verde to you"

So sung the family and friends of Angel Cabrera upon his return to his rented house on Sunday night. Saco verde translates as "green jacket". (13 Apr 2009)


"Out of frustration, I blamed the golf course instead of putting the blame where it belongs, on myself."

After telling an interviewer on Sunday that he doesn't like Augusta, Sergio Garcia rights the ship on Monday (13 Apr 2009).


"Great players make it happen and average players don't."

An honest Kenny Perry reflects on his inability get the job done (12 Apr 2009).


"I hit it to 3 feet at No. 16 and I'm thinking, 'Oh my God how am I going to get that putt in the hole?' I asked my caddie, 'Do you have anything to drink in that bag? I need a drink before I hit this.'"

Steve Flesch reveals his thought processes after hitting his tee shot close on the final day at Augusta (12 Apr 2009).


"I think Chad and I have gotten a little bit closer since The Ryder Cup and stuff. I'm moving pretty close to him in Colleyville, so we will probably hang out a little bit more the next few years. Met his wife. Love his wife. I love how people are so opposite; Chad is pretty quiet and Amy is just out there. She's great. I love her."

Chad Campbell might want to keep a close eye on his new neighbour Hunter Mahan (9 Apr 2009).


"They got a nice, sunny day with no wind. Do they have control over that?"

Padraig Harrington ponders the influence exerted by the Augusta Tournament Committee (9 Apr 2009).


"I just wish we would play a few PGA TOUR events on par-3 courses, because I would have a chance."

Tim Clark has a cunning plan to win his first PGA title (9 Apr 2009).


"I am in awe when I watch him play."

One sporting great on another: Michael Johnson discussing Tiger Woods (Daily Telegraph, 9 Apr 2009).


"It's interesting, because [Chrissie] went through 13 times getting beaten by Martina and if I imagined going through ... well, I went 22 times without winning the Masters, so I think I'm a little bit ahead of her on that one ..."

Greg Norman tries to empathise with his partner Chris Evert's heartache in Grand Slam events. Then realises he doesn't really need to imagine (7 Apr 2009).


"I think he's cool and I like his hair."

17-year-old Ryo Ishikawa talks abouts 19-year-old Rory McIlroy (7 Apr 2009).

"We were playing in Cape Town one day and I looked out and there was this little five-year-old boy, no teeth in front of his mouth and he looked up and he said to me, "Mr. Player, I love golf.""

Gary Player reveals how he first encountered the defending Masters champion Trevor Immelman (6 Apr 2009).


"What's all this about the Paddy Slam? Are you starting up wrestling?"

Lee Westwood asks Padraig Harrington what all the fuss is about (7 Apr 2009).


"I stood on the tee last year when I was waiting to play and there was a bit of a hold up, and I thought, damn it all, most of my friends at 72 are dead and I'm playing at the Masters? Most guys at my age, 73, have not seen their knees, never mind their private parts, for seven years."

We always wondered what motivated Gary Player to complete 1000 sit-ups a day. Now we know. (6 Apr 2009)


"But, you know, Freddie is a stud, isn't he, really. What a guy, what a player. Is he 50 yet?"

Houston Open winner Paul Casey shows his love for Freddie Couples (5 Apr 2009).


"No. I'm a softie. I cry at rubbish movies and things like that."

We'll assume that Paul Casey gets teary at "rubbish" romantic movies rather than cries because of badly produced, directed or written ones (5 Apr 2009).


"We were just singing a lot of country songs today. A lot of Sugarland and Kenny Chesney out there."

Brittany Lincicome reveals how she and playing partner Kristy McPherson stayed calm in the final group of the year's first major. What chance Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson singing "The Gambler" down the stretch this week? (5 Apr 2009).


"She was telling me at the turn, 'Dude, I'm good to have a heart attack. My heart is beating out of my chest.' Anytime she was nervous, she came over to me to calm her down: 'Just help me calm down. Help me calm down.'"

Kristy McPherson reveals how she helped her playing partner and good friend Brittany Lincicome cope with last round nerves - and ultimately win the Kraft Nabisco Championship (5 Apr 2009).


"More than anything, you wake up, you go out, you play, you're grumpy out there, people are like, that's not you, that's not what you're normally like. You get off the course, your feet hurt, your back hurts, your head hurts. It really does take a lot more energy to be upset than it is to not."

Christina Kim thinks she has rediscovered her love of the game and stopped getting angry (3 Apr 2009).


"I also took a Korean drama class, you watch Korean drama and we worked on our Korean."

If Golf Management and Media Studies causes Daily Mail-readers to self-combust, what would they make of Michelle Wie's classes? (31 Mar 2009)


"I've won sick before. I think it really just makes you focus on other things. You know, you're out there, you don't feel well, but you're getting the job done. I can handle it, but I'd like to know what is wrong with me."

Paula Creamer can't keep anything down but she's not letting it get her down (31 Mar 2009).


"We're at work and we share stories and say things that nobody should hear. It's between us. I think that it would inhibit some of the players and caddy's conversations. I think that would make us all uncomfortable."

Johnson Wagner doesn't like the idea of his caddie being miked up and TV listening to their conversations. The rest of us are intrigued ... (31 Mar 2009)


"His swing, he commits to his follow-through with every swing. I've never seen anybody except for maybe Adam Scott commit to swings more than Rory does."

Wagner expresses his admiration for Rory McIlroy (31 Mar 2009).


"I was speaking with Sergio. He told me that Houston is a good tournament for many reasons but one of the more important ones is the set-up, you know. For example, when we arrive to the second shot on the first hole, Sergio told me look, "Can you see the grass is cutting against you? It's typical of The Masters." Normally we have the grass cut in our favour or to the green and here it's against."

Alvaro Quiros plans his trip to Augusta with the help of compatriot Sergio Garcia (31 Mar 2009).


"My chiropractor, God love him, drove down from Valencia at night and couldn't get anything to happen. I mean, it was so tight and locked up. Got a massage and it sounded like snap, crackle, pop. Ever since then it's been fine. I had something stuck back there."

Jason Gore reveals how he sorted his bad back at Bay Hill (27 Mar 2009).


"I'm trying to do the math. I think I've only done it three times and gotten pregnant every single time."

Sean O'Hair gets a little bit more personal than his wife may have liked when explaining that they were expecting a third child (27 Mar 2009).


"It's one of those golf courses where if you're just off a little bit, this golf course can eat your lunch.

Tim Herron - affectionately known as 'Lumpy' - surprises no-one with his choice of metaphor when describing how tough Bay Hill plays (26 Mar 2009).


"I know one year it was amazing. I had a Nationwide card, I had an Australian Tour card, I had an Asian Tour card, I had a Japanese Tour card, and I had a European Tour card. And I think I played 45 weeks that year. It was shocking. I was tired."

Jeev Milkha Singh proves he really is the world's most travelled golfer. He took last week off and still flew about 4,000 miles going Florida-New York-Texas-Florida to see family and friends (24 Mar 2009).


"When people see me on television, the few times I'm on television, they say, boy, you looked like you're having such a good time. Well, really? If I'm on television, that means I'm playing good. If I'm playing good, that means I maybe have a chance to win a tournament. If I have a chance to win a tournament, I'm going to get a big trophy and lots of money. What could possibly p*ss me off? Of course you're into the moment at times, but oh, my God, it shouldn't be that big of a surprise."

Rocco Mediate doesn't need the Tour to tell him to lighten up and show golf's good side (24 Mar 2009).


"I saw Tiger last week and I said it (your game) looks pretty good. He goes, 'I made one bogey the last four rounds.' He isn't putting yet, either. Danger, danger, danger. If he's making one bogey in four rounds and he didn't really make a lot of putts. When he does that it will be the end of the game."

Rocco Mediate discusses his Torrey Pines foe Tiger Woods (24 Mar 2009).


"There's a lot of pressure in the first 63 holes because you don't want to lose it, but the last nine holes is when you get your chance to win it. You could draw a line in the sand walking off the 9th green to the 10th tee that up to that stage you're thinking, I don't want to lose this major, and then the last nine holes you're thinking, how can I go about winning it."

Ahead of the Masters Padraig Harrington reflects on his approach to moving up a gear on the Sunday back nine in a major (24 Mar 2009).


"I'm kind of a fastball pitcher and I'm learning to become a pitcher that throws splitters and knuckleballs."

Charles Howell III uses a baseball metaphor to explain how he is trying to become a more three-dimensional golfer (22 Mar 2009).


"A buddy called me and said: 'If you deal drugs long enough, you're going to get caught, and if you get into position long enough, you're going to win.' That's all I'm trying to do."

Brett Quigley consoles himself with another second place by accepting a well-meaning, if slightly dubious, comparison with a criminal activity (22 Mar 2009).


"I'm not sure if you ever had tendonitis. It's a pain in the rear."

Tom Lehman gets confused about his elbow injury - unless he's suffering from referred pain (21 Mar 2009).


"I have a lot of energy for some reason. Normally I drink coffee in the morning, but I don't even need it. This is so cool."

Brittany Lang gets a bit high on the altitude in the MasterCard Classic in Mexico (20 Mar 2009).


"Paul Goydos said the greens were firm. I gave him a chance to rephrase that; they were rock hard."

Tom Lehman assesses conditions at the Copperhead course at Inisbrook (20 Mar 2009).


"He's got everything. He's like Kaymer - although he has the potential to be even better."

Per-Ulrik Johansson raves about Argentina's young star Estanislao Goya after being paired with him in Madeira (20 Mar 2009).


"It's better to have a bad day on the golf course than a good day in the office."

Golfing philosopher Michael McGeady rationalizes after a poor second round at the Madeira Islands Open (20 Mar 2009).


"I actually got flowers from Tim Petrovic and his family."

Fred Funk is happy to contradict the rumours that he had to have his leg amputated after contracting MRSA (18 Mar 2009).


"Lastly, the hamburgers of this clubhouse is delicious."

Ryo Ishikawa is just like any other teenager new to the USA - can't stop thinking about the food (17 Mar 2009).


"Some dude with a straw hat was just out here flying it over the water. Not just over the net - over the water beyond the net (at the end of the range). It was sick. I said to myself, 'Think I'll just work on the ol' wedge game today.' If he has a short game, we're all in trouble. Because it was pure."

Will MacKenzie get queasy watching Alvaro Quiros on the driving range (19 Mar 2009).


"Everybody in the locker room (is talking about him). That's the buzz. When you hear the guys talking about it in the locker room, something's up."

Kenny Perry confirms that Quiros is earning a reputation for more than his straw hat (19 Mar 2009).


"If I hit it straight, this week will be fun. If I hit it straight."

Laidback and self-deprecating, Quiros himself keeps matters in perspective (19 Mar 2009).


"The guy's a talent. We can all see it, the way he hits the golf ball, the way he putts, the way he can chip, get up and down. He has the composure. He has all of the components to be the best in the world, there's no doubt. It's just a matter of time and experience in big events. That takes time and I mean, he's only 19."

Tiger Woods waxes lyrical about Rory McIlroy after the youngster notches another top-20 finish at Doral (15 Mar 2009).


"Get in the water!"

A member of the gallery shows his class when shouting after Phil Mickelson's drive on 18 at Doral (15 Mar 2009).


"I can tell you, I was following his round all morning. Now, I understand how my parents and all of those guys that follow us on internet feel, because you have no control of it. When you're on the golf course, at least you can control what you are doing. When you are watching or in front of the computer screen, it's a little tough."

Camilo Villegas gets all protective about his brother Manuel, making his PGA debut in the Puerto Rico Open (14 Mar 2009).


"Maybe he is looking for a little excitement and it is definitely exciting with me because he sometimes visits all the bushes on the golf course and sees part of the golf course he never would with Retief Goosen!"

Some people think caddie Dave McNeilly chose Alvaro Quiros' bag ahead of Retief Goosen's based on potential. Quiros himself offers another explanation (13 Mar 2009).


"Last time I played well here (Doral) I played with Jack Nicklaus on Saturday and I shot 64."

Kenny Perry shows his age (13 Mar 2009).


"I worked many kinds of work, like taxi-driving and selling food at a railway station. I was a caddie and a boxer, also. Very painful. I am the only one in the family with enough money to help my parents.."

Prayad Marksaeng explains how he came to the world of professional touring golf via a route other than country clubs and college scholarships (13 Mar 2009).


"Well, if you look at my driving distance stats, I've been hitting shorter and shorter every year. As my coach, Buddy Alexander, said back in college, I don't know anybody that gets on TOUR and gets longer. The golf courses are tighter. We have got more rough. You have to put your ball in play."

Camilo Villegas offers an intriguing perspective on the driving distance/accuracy debate (10 Mar 2009).


"If I'm on the treadmill in the gym, I'm going one-mile-an-hour faster than the guy who is next to me just because it annoys me if he's going faster."

Geoff Ogilvy reveals that his calm exterior hides a very competitive instinct (11 Mar 2009).


"Before I came out on the course today I checked the Internet and I noticed Ji Yai Shin had shot six-under to win. I also saw that Korea, our baseball team, won. So I said to myself: Hey, if they can do it, if she came back from behind to win, I can do it too."

Some inspiration from some of his fellow South Koreans helps Y.E Yang win the Honda Classic (9 Mar 2009).


"We don't have deep, deep conversations."

Y.E Yang reveals that he and his caddie avoid discussing the meaning of life (9 Mar 2009).


"$8 million, no cut, that's not bad."

Not for the first time this year, John Rollins reflects that he doesn't have to win very often to still bank a nice profit (9 Mar 2009).


"That's the mantra now. I need to relax a bit and chill out. You don't practice and work hard during tournaments. You do it before that. I came here, I swam, I went scuba diving and I enjoyed myself. And here I am, I've won a golf tournament."

Jyoti Randhawa discovers a winning formula at the Singha Thailand Open (6 Mar 2009).


"I always said to him, 'The day that you stop beating yourself up, you'll be one of the greatest golfers in the world.' And look, about three, four years ago, he stopped beating himself up. I think it was probably four years ago, maybe, when he won Tucson, and then the U.S. Open, and the Match Plays and Doral."

Robert Allenby takes the credit for transforming Geoff Ogilvy from hot-head to hero (6 Mar 2009).


"I said last year, if I can keep my ball out of the water all day long, I'd have a good chance. But then I hit three balls in the water including that bunker shot on 15. So we'll try to erase that memory."

Mark Calcavecchia reflects on his failure to convert a winning opportunity at the 2008 Honda Classic (8 Mar 2009).


"I don't like Daniel Craig. I think I look more like Bond than he does."

James Bond fan Alvaro Quiros drops Barbara Broccoli and the 007 producers a big hint (Golf World, April issue).


"The only thing keeping him considered to be in the elite group is perception by all of us and everybody out there that reads and watches golf, because far as I'm concerned, he is in the elite group. I mean, I would kill for his short game, the pressure putts he makes. He hits the fairways when he needs to. He's got it all. He's just got a very quiet, lethal kind of game."

Stewart Cink reflects on the qualities of man-of-the-moment Geoff Ogilvy who defeated him at last week's WGC World Matchplay (5 Mar 2009).


"I've seen him take his clothes off quite a few times. Starting to worry about him for a little while. "

Robert Allenby wonders about Brandt Snedeker's desire to undress and get in the water to play recovery shots at PGA National (5 Mar 2009).


"I take a handful in the morning, a handful in the afternoon, a handful at night. Probably 20 pills."

"Rattling" Erik Compton sounds like he's singing a nursery rhyme as he explains how much medication he takes to cope with the after-effects of two heart transplants and one heart attack (4 Mar 2009).


"Hey, Ronald MacDonald! I'll have a quarterpounder with cheese."

A member of the gallery at last week's WGC World Matchplay in Arizona calls out to Rory McIlroy (3 Mar 2009).


"I enjoyed the walk down the fairway and occasionally a chat with him - when I wasn't pulling my hair out trying to figure out what to do to beat him. "

Paul Casey's take on his WGC Match Play final against Geoff Ogilvy (1 Mar 2009).


"I don't get mistaken for him very much."

Asked if he ever gets mistaken for Tour journeyman Joe Ogilvie, Geoff Ogilvy tells the truth (1 Mar 2009).


"I guess right now I'm overwhelmed with the warmth of the people here in Cancun. They've been so nice. It was hard to get off the putting green from the closing ceremonies, and just signing autographs. Everybody is really excited, and I vow to be a good champion for Mayakoba."

Mayakoba Classic champion Mark Wilson gets evangelical about his win (1 Mar 2009).


"The PGA (TOUR) has told us we are in line."

Juan Miguel Villar Mir, head of the Mayakoba Classic tournament sponsor OHL, reveals that their plans for the event to join the first tier of Tour events are running smoothly (1 Mar 2009).


"Wow, how bad were those two plays?"

Tough talking commentator Johnny Miller fails to be impressed by the course management of young English semi-finalists Ross Fisher and Paul Casey (28 Feb 2009).


"I think that you're probably looking at the next number one in the world."

Ernie Els is absolutely convinced that Northern Ireland teenager Rory McIlroy is the real deal (28 Feb 2009).


"It's probably a good thing. I'll be the first to say if I stood on the first tee with Tiger I would be intimidated because he has been a hero of mine for the past I don't know how many years."

Rory McIlroy isn't shedding too many tears that he won't now be playing Tiger Woods in round three of the Accenture Match Play (26 Feb 2009).


"In the desert, you're kind of up in the mountains, it's kind of hard to figure out which way is up, which way is down. And it's that little wiggle one way or the other that's probably got everybody shaking their heads."

Jim Furyk explains how everyone is finding the greens difficult to read at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain, home of the Accenture Match Play (26 Feb 2009).


"My wife keeps telling me 'Can't you just win on the 12th or 13th one of these days' to make it easier on her heart."

Luke Donald's other half is feeling the pressure after her man wins at the first extra hole for the second day running (26 Feb 2009).


"The day I'm not nervous is the day I'll quit" -

Tiger Woods on his return to action after eight months out through injury at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.


"Well, as I walked off the first hole, it was just mayhem because media, everyone was just running, and I was walking amongst everybody. When I heard one of the media there say,'All right, another nine holes to go for a 10 & 8,' and I gave him a bit of a spray, and then he eagled the second, and I thought, well, maybe he's right. "

Brendan Jones reveals what it is like to be caught up in the Tiger-hype (25 Feb 2009).


"I saw some little lizards and some other alligator looking things. I'm gonna stay out of there."

David Toms explains why he will be steering clear of the cavern that sits alongside the first hole at El Camaleon (25 Feb 2009).


"It's great. We were down in November and saw some billboards on the streets. My family had to embarrass me in the taxi, stopping to take a picture of me on the wall."

Defending champion of the Mayakoba Classic, Brian Gay, gets used to his celebrity status in Mexico (25 Feb 2009).


"Pretty much everybody has said, if things don't go your way, just take out his knee."

Brendan Jones talks about Plan B ahead of his match against Tiger Woods in the WGC World Matchplay (25 Feb 2009).


""I probably wouldn't know which tee to go off if I was 17 trying to play on the PGA TOUR."

Hunter Mahan is relieved to have been a late bloomer (25 Feb 2009).


"My short game has gotten a little bit better. I've got more shots than I did before."

Tiger Woods with some ominous words before his comeback at the Accenure Match Play (25 Feb 2009).


"Well, I don't think I've emulated his style of how he played Riviera. He seemed to drive it to the fairway a little bit more."

Phil Mickelson, now a back-to-back winner at Riviera despite spraying it off the tee, points out a basic difference between himself and triple champ Ben Hogan (22 Feb 2009).


"The same old crap."

A rather resigned Fred Couples sums up his usual problems with three and four foot putts which probably cost him victory at Riviera (22 Feb 2009).


"I knelt down and saw there was a V-shape in the hedge in front of me, but I would have to keep the ball low or it would get caught in a rose bush."

Jaco van Zyl explains how he got up and down from a bed of roses to win the Telkom PGA Championship in South Africa (22 Feb 2009).


"I want to break what he's done. Obviously I can't win three US Amateurs in a row but I'll try to break his records on the PGA Tour."

Youthful exuberance from amateur teen Johnnie Walker winner Danny Lee. Just 65 US Tour wins and 14 majors needed so far to catch the great man (22 Feb 2009).


"I've got my dog here. We've rented this house down here for the last four or five years, and the beach down here in Carmel, there's usually about 50 dogs out there running around, so we started bringing my lab down here the last couple of years, and he has a heyday. He thinks he's died and gone to heaven. He's out here running around with all the dogs jumping in the ocean. It's a vacation for him, too."

At least Mike Weir gets to spend more quality time with his dog while waiting for the final round of the weather-hit AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to begin (14 Feb 2009).


"We've just been hanging out at the house, watching TV, playing around on the computer a little bit, trying to figure out what they're going to do."

Leader Dustin Johnson kills time waiting for the final round at Pebble Beach. Perhaps he should get himself a dog (15 Feb 2009).


"Let the big dog eat."

The curious shout of support for Angela Stanford, as offered by a couple of surf dudes her caddie befriended in Hawaii (14 Feb 2009).


"My theory was, the weather was dead-perfect at the Hope and Phoenix, and I missed the cut in both of them. So I thought I would come up here and freeze my butt off, cold, wind and rain, and see how I did. So it seems to be working out."

Mark Calcavecchia explains the improvement in his form (13 Feb 2009).


"I have never heard a Frenchman say, 'Sacre Bleu!' And he didn't then either.'"

Renton Laidlaw reacts to an outburst from Jean-Francois Lucquin (13 Feb 2009).


"I was planning to be a professional baseball player (but) I threw out my arm and broke my leg, and I went to golf. For some reason my grandpa just said, "Here's a driver." I hit balls on one leg for probably two months when I had a broken leg just to get the feel of things, and that helped me stay on my left side and get some kind of thing going."

Robert Garrigus on his unusual introduction to golf (12 Feb 2009).


"My old coach Howard Bennett used to always say: you get a bad day, 50 percent of the field aren't prepared to play in those conditions, and the next 50 percent aren't capable of playing in the conditions, so you're only play 25 percent of the field on a bad day, whereas on a nice, sunny day you have to beat everybody."

An interesting perspective from Padraig Harrington, if a little Donald Rumsfeld-like (10 Feb 2009).


"I pulled up at one of the local hotels at Christmas and the car park was full, so they were waving us away. (We) rolled down the window and the guy spotted me and he said, come on, you can come in and park. It was great. He came over to say hello and have a chat, and I'm feeling quite up there, chest out, oh, this is great, and after a couple of seconds of conversation, I realize he thinks I'm off X-Factor. I still got the car park space, though. You can always be brought down to earth."

Padraig Harrington discusses his fame in Ireland (10 Feb 2009).


"He still doesn't tip anybody."

Butch Harmon reckons Tiger Woods doesn't just show a tight fist when he holes a putt (8 Feb 2009).


"I loved the 10 years I had with Tiger but ... I enjoy being away from that circus."

Butch Harmon reflects on the difficulties that surround the Tiger Woods camp (8 Feb 2009).


"I get into bad habits with my posture. I hate it, but it's working. I tried to hit the shots without doing the routine and in the first round I hit two shanks in the front nine. My caddie goes 'You've got to go back to the seagull'."

Australian Tim Wood whose bizarre pre-shot routine has been likened to a wounded seagull. We'll get to see it at Turnberry this summer as he's just qualified for the Open (8 Feb 2009).


"Have you seen the way the economy is? You've got to save it, my friend."

Camilo Villegas reminds one reporter that there's a global credit crunch after being asked if he bought a boat or an aeroplane after winning the Tour Championship in Atlanta last year (8 Feb 2009).


"I still made $574,000. Life isn't too bad."

John Rollins finds the silver lining in his second place at Torrey Pines (8 Feb 2009).


"Well, to be honest with you I'd like to imitate pretty much everything Tiger does. But that was not planned at all. I was more worried about the three-footer. I mean, I just hope the fist pump looked halfway decent."

Nick Watney celebrates Tiger-style on the final green (8 Feb 2009).


"I think I handled myself beautifully out there today."

Camilo Villegas certainly isn't beating himself up after coming up two shots short following a level par 72 in the final round at Torrey Pines (8 Feb 2009).


"It only hurts at the top of my backswing, at impact and when I walk. Other than that, it's fine."

Jason Gore explains the extent of his back pain (7 Feb 2009).


"I definitely wasn't a country club guy."

Surf-dude Charley Hoffman tells us what we already knew (6 Feb 2009).


"That's not why I try to hit it as hard as I can, that's just because I'm stupid at times and enjoy trying to get it out there and have an ego and want to be one of the longer guys."

Phil Mickelson explains that strategy isn't always at the forefront of his mind on the teebox (3 Feb 2009).


"Ball-striking-wise at 19, he's probably better than what Tiger was at 19."

Mark O'Meara praises his first round partner Rory McIlroy - and perhaps unwittingly puts some pressure on him too (29 Jan 2009).


"The hole looked like a five gallon bucket."

Scott Piercy explains how he got to 8-under-par after 13 holes of the third round (31 Jan 2009).


"I've no idea about sex."

On-course reporter Julian Tutt was not offering too much information, but referring to the fact that Justin and Kate Rose are yet to discover the gender of their baby which is due next month (1 Feb 2009).


"I was feeling like the old guy in the group. Times are changing. But I guess I did play like the old guy today."

28-year-old Justin Rose comes to terms with the ageing process after playing with 26-year-old Louis Oosthuizen and 19-year-old Rory McIlroy (1 Feb 2009).


"You know, you watch it on TV, and you see guys coming down the stretch with a four- or five-shot lead, and you think it's easy. And it's not."

Rory McIlroy reflects on the difficulty of closing out a tournament - and breathes a sigh of relief that he had a six-shot lead (1 Feb 2009).


"Kevin Arizo-Na."

Mark Wilson re-christens fellow pro Kevin Na, in honour of his exceptional record in the state (1 Feb 2009).


"It was funny playing with Anthony Kim the first two days. I told him, 'My son is walking over there [behind] the ropes, he's your age, and I've got a daughter I just walked down the aisle, and she's older than you.'"

48-year-old Kenny Perry shows Justin Rose how to really feel his age (1 Feb 2009).


"The play off was ugly. We were hitting it everywhere."

Kenny Perry says what everyone else was thinking (1 Feb 2009)



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