The Best Quotes from the 2014 PGA Tour so Far

Ben Alberstadt@benalberstadtFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2014

The Best Quotes from the 2014 PGA Tour so Far

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    We haven't had any deer antler spray or fried chicken remarks during the 2014 PGA Tour season. Nor have we been party to Phil Mickelson bemoaning his tax situation. 

    That doesn't mean there's been any shortage of interesting utterances from the mouths of the PGA Tour's best in 2014, though. From the bold to the bizarre, it's all here. 

    Click through for a rundown of some of the best quotes from the PGA Tour season thus far. 

Tiger Woods

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    What He Said

    At a press conference May 21, seven weeks after surgery to repair a bulging disk, Tiger Woods said the following about his return to competitive golf (per Bob Harig of ESPN). 

    "There really is no timetable...that's been kind of the realization to all of this...there's no date. It's just take it on a daily basis. It's not going to be up to me whether I play or not, it's going to be up to my docs. I want to play now. It would be nice to be able to go out there today and play."


    Why It Makes the List

    Tiger's statement brings the wild notion that he may not play another competitive round this year into play. Although this is a fringe possibility, it seems that he's likely to only compete in one major in 2014: the PGA Championship (August 7-10). It stands to reason that if he's not hitting full shots as of the U.S. Open (June 12-15), he's unlikely to be ready for the Open Championship (July 17-20). 

Rory McIlroy

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    What He Said

    As the Daily Mail's Mike Dawes reported, Rory McIlroy issued the following statement announcing he'd ended his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki May 21.

    The problem is mine.

    The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails.

    I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had.

    I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting.


    Why It Makes the List

    Bombshell announcement. Although a steady trickle of breakup rumors persisted throughout much of their courtship of over two years, the couple seemed to be on sure footing.

    Without speculating as to the details of a very private event, the significance for the golf world lies in how Mr. McIlroy's split will affect his golf game. Obviously, the early indications are that the breakup will be a boon to the Ulsterman's golf, as he won the BMW PGA Championship just days after making the announcement. 

Patrick Reed

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    What He Said

    Patrick Reed said the following after his win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, per the Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard.

    I’ve worked so hard. I’ve won a lot in my junior career, did great things in my amateur career, was 6-0 in match play at NCAAs, won NCAAs two years in a row, was third individually one year. Now I have three wins out here on the PGA Tour.

    I just don’t see a lot of guys that have done that, besides Tiger Woods, of course, and all of the other legends of the game. It’s just one of those things that I believe in myself – especially after how hard I’ve worked – that I’m one of the top five players in the world. To come out of a field like this and to hold on wire to wire like that, I feel like I’ve proven myself.


    Why It Makes the List

    There's nothing wrong with confidence. However, when, as a golfer, you start comparing your record to Tiger Woods', don't be surprised when it doesn't go over very well. In a sport noted for its obsessive traditionalism, playing the part of the braggart loses fans and alienates peers. 

    Indeed, after the hard-fought victory, everyone seemed to be talking about Reed's post-round quotes rather than his on-course performance. That's not a good thing. 

Phil Mickelson

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    What He Said

    Phil Mickelson told ESPN's Rick Reilly:

    "I'm going to win a bunch of tournaments. I'm going to win at least one U.S. Open, maybe two. And I'm going to make the 2016 Olympic team. And really, I'd love to make the 2020 Olympic team. I'd be 50. How cool would that be?"


    Why It Makes the List

    Mickelson is 43. However, he feels he has gas in his tank and his game is in good shape. Furthermore, the five-time major winner has lofty expectations for the years ahead.

    Absent these comments, and given his poor performance this season (not even a top-10 thus far, missed cut at the Masters), it wouldn't have been outrageous to think that Lefty intended to casually ride off into the sunset, cashing checks for top-25 finishes (but never really contending) along the way.

    Mickelson's determination and ambition are good, both for the Phil faithful and professional golf in general.  

Adam Scott

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    What He Said

    Adam Scott married fiance Marie Kojzar in a secret ceremony at his Bahamas home. He kept his nuptials under wraps for nearly a month before casually breaking the news.

    Per Doug Fergusion of the Associated Press, Scott said: "We just said we were having a party, so come on over. So then they had no idea that it was going to happen. So that was the fun little game for me and Marie to play for a while, planning it and stuff."


    Why It Makes the List

    The only things better than news of Adam Scott's secret wedding and the fact that he kept it off the international press' radar are his quotes about the marriage. Clandestine planning? Hoodwinking guests? All of it makes Tiger Woods' top-secret beach-front wedding seem entirely common. 

Jason Dufner

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    What He Said

    After losing to Adam Scott in a playoff at the Colonial Invitational, Jason Dufner had something interesting to say. Per Bailey Mosier of Golf Channel, regarding his opponent, Dufner said, "It's tough to beat him. He's a great player. It's tough to concentrate. He's so good looking, too."


    Why It Makes the List

    What's there to say? The quote is vintage Dufner. Beneath the eternally blase expression is an interesting and amusing fellow. His comments about his Australian opponent are evidence of that.