“Like most courses, it's a little tighter off the tee than I would like.”
--Phil Mickelson on PGA National’s Champions Course, host of the Honda Classic. Mickelson missed the cut.
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"Literally and figuratively he doesn't have the firepower he used to have. He's got to win with different nuances."
--Brandel Chamblee on Tiger Woods.
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“I missed, I missed, I missed, I missed, I make.”
--Zach Johnson channeling Seve Ballesteros to describe his quadruple-bogey 8 on the 11th hole in the first round of the Honda Classic. Johnson still managed to shoot 67 with the quad.
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“I took the club back, I'll never forget how heavy the club felt all of a sudden. Knocked it down there right in the middle of the fairway actually and then hit it on the green and 2‑putted, birdie.”
--Tiger Woods remembering his first tee shot at a PGA Tour event on the 22th anniversary of his PGA Tour debut at the Los Angeles Open in February 1992.
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“It wasn't my finest hour, but at the end of the day, everyone makes mistakes.”
--Rory McIlroy on withdrawing from the Honda Classic last year with a toothache.
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“We're not married yet so my dad would have been upset if I called Derek first.”
--Paula Creamer on calling her parents after she won the HSBC Women’s Champions event in Singapore before calling her fiance.
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“It’s tough being at the top. Only the super alpha males like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson...like being up there at the top. You get a normal guy like a Duval or Rory, even myself, it’s a responsibilty and you’ve got to be insatiable.”
--Johnny Miller on Rory McIlroy’s struggles since he became the No. 1 player.
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“I honestly don't watch that much golf on TV. More likely to walk and see me watching football or NFL or basketball or horse racing.”
--Lee Westwood on whether he’s been watching Rory McIlroy’s play the last couple months.
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“Tiger is so talented, he’s such a good player. I still think he’s going to blow by my record, I really do -- if he’s healthy.”
--Jack Nicklaus on whether Tiger Woods will break Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships.
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“He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”
--Bill Murray on Caddyshack director Harold Ramis, who died Feb. 24 at age 69.