Lipping Out:~Don’t Blame Golf

“I have no advice for her. Turning pro or not turning pro, going to college, not going to college, it’s a very personal decision. It’s not something someone can say: `I think you should turn pro. I think you should stay an amateur. I think you should do this or that.’ – Former teen phenom Michelle Wie weighing in on Lydia Ko’s looming decision.

“Growing up here as a kid, I just wanted to play this tournament. This is unbelievable.” – SoCal native and 2013 Northern Trust Open champ John Merrick on his first PGA Tour victory.

IOC Executive Board Meeting

“This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics. In the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It’s not a case of what’s wrong with wrestling; it is what’s right with the 25 core sports.” – International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams on the decision to drop wrestling in 2020, a choice many have incorrectly blamed on the addition of golf in 2016.

“I don’t know if it’s just weakness in that area, the way he sits on a plane, I just don’t know. I don’t think it has anything to do with his golf swing. Right now it’s a big unknown, he just wants to be sharp and ready for Augusta.” – Swing coach Todd Anderson talking to Golf Channel about Brandt Snedeker’s decision to withdraw from the WGC match play event due to sore ribs.

Farmers Insurance Open - Round Three

“That is what we should be testing for out here. That is what gives people an advantage out here. And if there isn’t a test for it, then I don’t even know why we’re testing out here. I think they’ll probably look at it and maybe change it a little bit here coming up. Hopefully, they will. I think they should.” – Tour pro Matt Every wondering to the NY Times why players aren’t subjected to stricter blood tests in order to check for performance-enhancing drugs.

“It’s not the kind of sport that needs much when it comes to enhancing drugs or whatever you want to call it, performance-enhancing drugs. We started testing — what was it? — 2008, I think, and nothing has really come around. So I think that speaks for itself.” – Sergio Garcia, again to the NY Times, denying the need for more drug testing on Tour.

“Just look at the inductees over the last six, eight, 10 years. Some years, I don’t even vote because the names are not worthy of induction. One major should not get you into the Hall of Fame – maybe one major and 40 wins.” – Raymond Floyd to Golf Channel, calling for heightened criteria for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. 

“In no way am I working with Michael at all. I try to pick up things from just watching him. I ask him some questions and he gives me answers sometimes. Certainly, it’s not like a working relationship. It’s just nice to have access to someone that was that great at his sport.” – Luke Donald addressing rumors that he’s been seeking advice from Michael Jordan. 

Northern Trust Open - Final Round

“It’s a shock. He’s a South African legend, and it’s hard to see.” – Charl Schwartzel commenting on the murder charges that surround fellow countryman and Olympian Oscar Pistorius