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Top 15 Quotes From The PGA Championship

Kathy BissellCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2010

KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 11:  Tiger Woods hands caddie Steve Williams (L) a club during a practice round prior to the start of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 11, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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1. Tiger Woods, on his improving life: “Well, I don't have paparazzi camped out in front of the house, hotel, helicopters flying over the range. That was—at the time, that was happening every day. They were following my kids everywhere they went. Taking photographs of everything they were doing. That was very tough.”  

2. Paul Casey:  “Guys feel like this is wide open, this tournament, and that's not a feeling that a lot of guys have had before.”

3. Graeme McDowell: “It's a jacked-up links golf course. It's got some length and got some teeth to it. It's got a bit of Kingsbarns in there, a bit of Ballybunion and Portrush, everything rolled into one. Amazing that this golf course is man-made because it just looks like it's been there since the beginning of time.”

4.  Hunter Mahan, on Whistling Straits: “As soon as you drive through the gates, there's bunkers there staring you in the face. So I don't see a golf course anywhere near there. Yeah, they're everywhere, really.”

5. Joe Steranka, CEO, PGA of America, on the economic impact of golf: “Here in Wisconsin, 38,000 jobs, 38,000 people who are able to put food on the table for their families because of the nation's golf courses. And these are based on 2008 numbers, but some $771 million in wages that go along with that; something that we are not asking for the golf fans in the State of Wisconsin to think about when they are playing the sport, but to remember that golf is a vital part of their communities.”

6. Tiger Woods: “Well, my speed's been awful. This entire year it's been bad. You can't read greens if you can't hit—can't control your speed, and I certainly I haven't done that and I'm working on it.”

7. Padraig Harrington: “I could probably name somebody who is good enough to win who is not in the tournament.”

8. Gov. Doyle of Wisconsin on playing golf with his father:  “I can remember once—he was a federal judge and very distinguished man, he carded a 79 and did a backwards cartwheel on the 18th green when he did it. This is our culture and part of who we are. “

9. Padraig Harrington: “Michael Campbell won the U.S. Open and I played a lot of practice rounds with Michael Campbell and that certainly gave me an idea, hey, this is what it takes to win a major. You need that familiarity.”

10. Graeme McDowell: “We all talk Sunday afternoon at a major, Sunday afternoon at a major, in contention, but until you actually get there, you don't know what it's all about.”

11. Tiger Woods:  “I learned an awful lot, and I learned an awful lot about my true friends in life and people that I know will be in my life forever.”

12. Padraig Harrington: “The expectations and the pressure (of winning a major) tend to lead to the fact that if you've won a major that you're never going to hit a bad shot again. Well, that ain't going to happen.”

13. Graeme McDowell: “Guys only know—they only have forward gears now, as opposed to anything else. I think guys are not scared anymore. Add into that sort of Tiger Woods' dip in form the last couple of years and all of that. You have wide-open fields.”

14. Louis Oousthuizen: “Wednesday (after the British Open), at Musselback Golf Club, I've never seen them doing that much, going through that much trouble to set up an evening for me and for the members and it was unbelievable seeing what the win meant to all my friends and family back home.”

15  Tiger Woods: “I've fought hard, and last week, I didn't have anything. I hit it terrible. I putted bad. Just didn't do anything right.”


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