"Once the Florida swing starts, we're all just building toward that one week in April.”
--Tiger Woods on getting ready for the Masters.
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“The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept. We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible.”
--Augusta National and Masters Chairman Billy Payne
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"Let's be honest, that tree was never really in my way."
--Bubba Watson on the Eisenhower Tree at Augusta National.
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“This isn't a baseball game where you yell, 'Swing, swing, swing batter.' It's not that sort of stuff. We don't do that in golf. That's what separates golf from other sports, honestly.
--Tom Watson on why he doesn’t like fans cheering missed putts at the Ryder Cup.
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“He was a mentor a long time ago, because he taught me the goal was to shave a shot off. We sat down one night and he said, 'Just cut one shot off every round you play.' And I said, How would you do that, by making another 5‑foot putt somewhere?' He said, 'No, that's not what I see. I think you need to play the par 5s differently,' and I started listening to that and I started playing a little smarter and I started to cut off some shots that had nothing to do with making 5‑foot putts because that's just part of playing golf.”
--Fred Couples on what he learned from Raymond Floyd.
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“You honestly want to know? I found out I was unemployable.”
--Jason Gore on what rekindled his desire to play golf. Gore Monday-qualfied for the Northern Trust Open.
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"The game has a significant legacy of exclusion and elitism that we must collectively work to overcome. We must take responsibility for our own shortcomings as an organization, both past and present.”
--New USGA president Thomas O’Toole at USGA's annual meeting.
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“Tiger has issues with his swing. He keeps blaming his putting, but it’s not his putting.”
CBS Sports analyst Ian Baker-Finch on Tiger Woods' slow start.
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“It's like putting on top of an igloo."
--Gary McCord on the 10th green at Riviera during the Northern Trust Open.
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“I found a good tea at Starbucks now”
--Englishman Justin Rose on adjusting to life on the PGA Tour.
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