A new compilation of quotes reminds us that not all Tour players are boring
Pro golfers aren't known for their searing insights their press conferences can be as dull as a White House news briefing. But there are exceptions, and Great Golf Quotes has unearthed thousands of them. The compilation has a European bent (the author is British) and a scarcity of material from recent years, but it's still packed with the kinds of quips and rips that made Dave Marr once confess: "I have never been misquoted, but I've often said I was."
Great Golf Quotes By Michael McDonnell $15, Trafalgar Square Publishing
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Whose line is it anyway?
Here are four dandies from Great Golf Quotes.
"One of these days I'm going to win this bitch of a tournament." John Mahaffey, after finishing 2nd and T4 in the 1975 and '76 U.S. Opens.
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"All men are created equal. I'm just one stroke better than the rest."
Gene Sarazen, after winning the 1922 U.S. Open
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Short and Sweet
Quick excerpts from two other golf titles that deserve a home on your shelf
Arnie and Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry
by Ian O'Connor
$26, Houghton Mifflin
"There was something about Palmer that Nicklaus could never lay a glove on...Arnie had the fans and wanted the trophies; Jack had the trophies and wanted the fans."
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"I don't care what anybody says. The first tournament is not the hardest to win, it's the second."
John Daly, after winning the 1992 B.C. Open
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"My, my, it looks like a couple of Shetland ponies have been mating in there."
Peter Alliss, on TV after Richard Zokol took several swings to escape the Road Bunker at St. Andrews at the 1986 Alfred Dunhill Cup
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by Curt Sampson
$22, Houghton Mifflin
"When a father introduces the game to his child, he's opening a window to...the world of adults. The introduction is as valuable as good genes or a trust fund because golf is something to do and a golfer is someone to be."
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