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From: LindyBill4/9/2012 4:36:16 AM
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Sunday soundbytes: Best quotes from final round


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Rory McIlroy shot a third-round 77 at Augusta National.




  • By Nick Masuda
  • April 9, 2012 3 a.m.




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    AUGUSTA, Ga. - In one of the most exciting major championships in recent history, Bubba Watson walked off the 10th green with a green jacket and his first major title on Sunday evening.

    But Watson wasn't the only story on the course on Sunday.

    And since you didn't see most of this on TV, here are some of Sunday's best quotes from the players that experienced it:

    • • •

    Graeme McDowell on Rory McIlroy's 77-76 finish on the weekend. The two played together on Sunday.

    "Rory is not used to kind of being out of contention. It's been six months when the guy is never out of the top 5, and I'm sure he had the wind knocked out of his sails (Saturday). I'm sure he had high hopes this weekend. It's a hard game when the adrenaline leaves the body, it's interesting how the score can just escalate. I saw that a little bit in Houston last week when all of a sudden I had one eye on Augusta and the wind had some out of my sails and everything starts to go wrong, and Rory looked like a man who couldn't really wait to get out of here this year. But he'll be back, and he's tailor-made for this golf course."

    • • •

    Adam Scott on his hole-in-one on the par-3 16th and buying traditional round of drinks.

    "Well, not too many drinkers out her, so it will be a cheap shop, right?"

    • • •

    Kevin Na on why he shot 75 on Friday. He finished T-12 after a 4-under 68 on Sunday.

    "I didn't get my sleep overnight and I came out, I wasn't feeling (like) myself. I hit really poorly and shot 75. . . . I only slept four or five hours. It's not good when you sleep four or five hours and try to play a major."

    • • •

    Rory McIlroy on getting past his abysmal 2012 Masters.

    "I've got 12 months. That's a long time. If you take last year to now, a lot has happened. Obviously, you hope you're coming in here to do a lot better."

    • • •

    Matt Kuchar on being in contention Sunday and how it relates to his amateur days at Augusta.

    "Those amateur days were a real treat. That was a special time. To be an amateur, to have a shot, to be playing well in the Masters was really special, and especially for a first time. When I come back her, I still feel like that same 19-year-old kid, and now to be back and to have a chance to win the title was really exciting."

    • • •

    Phil Mickelson on his even-par 72 on Sunday.

    "What will I take from this day? Third place. It's not what I was hoping for."

    • • •

    Fred Couples on Bubba Watson

    "He's got a great game. He's got a great swing because he's perfect at impact. I mean Johnny Miller used to move his feet all over too, and he was probably the best ball-striker ever. . . . it was funny when Jay Haas and I were watching at the Presidents Cup, because as soon as he hit, we'd go 'Oh, my God' and then the ball would start to hook 20 yards with an 8-iron."

    • • •

    Peter Hanson on playing in the final group on Sunday

    "It's the best thing on Earth. I guess to play the back nine at Augusta in the last group. It's amazing. I have to say even yesterday, when I shot 31 and Phil (Mickelson) shot 30 on the back, with the atmosphere and the noise around the back nine was just fantastic."

    • • •

    Louis Oosthuizen on Bubba Watson's ball shaping

    "He must have a great feel for the game. I mean, it's great knowing you almost have every little shot there is. That's really entertaining to play with him, to see the shots he's taking on and shots that I don't really see or I would ever hit."

    • • •

    Bubba Watson on winning the Masters

    "I've never had a dream go this far, so I can't rally say it's a dream come true. It's just I don't even know what happened on the back nine. (I was) nervous on every shot, every putt. . . I got in these trees and hit a crazy shot that I saw in my head and somehow I'm here talking to you with a green jacket on."


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    To: KFE who wrote (23786)4/9/2012 2:02:43 PM
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    Thanks for a fun contest Ken. What a great week of golf.
    The new tiebreaker sounds like a great idea. I'd be happy with any changes you want to make.

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    To: TH who wrote (23787)4/9/2012 3:21:06 PM
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    The man is coming out of hibernation and posting to the golf thread again!


    See what a new golf year does for you, an exciting Masters was just the ticket.


    Welcome back!


    Regards,

    Bob

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    From: LindyBill4/9/2012 3:44:44 PM
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    Bubba to 'Feherty': Augusta suits my game


    David Feherty, right, interviews Bubba Watson, left, for 'Feherty' on Golf Channel.




  • By Martin Kaufmann
  • April 9, 2012 11:04 a.m.
  • Follow Me: Twitter @GolfweekTravel




  • It’s time to clean out the notepad with some odds and ends about television coverage of the Masters.

    Golf Channel’s recent episode of “Feherty” with Bubba Watson proved timely. The episode has been updated with new Masters-related segments, and will be replayed April 9 at 8 p.m.

    In an interview cut from the original episode, Watson sounds prophetic talking about Augusta National and his chances at the Masters: “I really do think that the Masters would set up good for me – the par 5s, shaping the shots. It just comes down to that. It’s just all short game, putting, knowing the greens, knowing the green speeds.”

    • • •

    As this is being written, CBS’ ratings are not yet available. ESPN, however, posted strong early-round numbers. Ratings for the Thursday-Friday rounds increased 12 percent over 2011. Friday’s viewership, which averaged 4.1 million, was the third-highest ever for a golf telecast.

    • • •

    Callers to Dan Patrick’s radio show had great fun last week imitating the syrupy delivery of CBS anchor Jim Nantz. I’m starting to think that that speaking style is a precondition of anchoring the Masters.

    Consider Mike Tirico’s opening to Friday’s telecast: “ESPN proudly presents . . . (pause) the Masters. It feels like a touch of fall in the air today at this magical place that sounds the siren of spring’s arrival. No matter what corner of the country, or for that matter, the world that we call home, when you see the framing Georgia pines or the spectacular, yet familiar, vistas, it serves as an annual reminder of the essence of this sport, where nature’s beauty meets a competitor’s fierce determination to persevere against your peers. Everything a fan could ever want, every April right here at the Masters.”

    The only thing missing was Nantz’s “Hello, friends.” By the way, I wonder if any of the Masters members noticed that Tirico said “fan” rather than “patron.”

    • • •

    I have a sort of grudging respect for the demands that Augusta National places on CBS’ announcers. It might at times seem silly that the CBS crew has to say “patron” instead of “fan” or “second cut” rather than “rough,” but I appreciate how fastidiously Augusta National protects the Masters brand. This year a new term was added to the Masters lexicon: “patron observation platform.” That’s “grandstand” to you and me.

    When Bill Macatee used that term for the first time, I couldn’t help but wonder if the Green Jackets introduced it simply to jerk CBS’ chain.

    • • •

    One of the reasons I’ve always appreciated Phil Mickelson is that when he’s asked a question, he gives a thoughtful answer rather than defaulting to cliches.

    An example was Mickelson’s response Friday to Tom Rinaldi’s question about the outlook for the weekend: “I still think that the greens are very soft, receptive, and I don’t want to say slow, because that’s not how I would describe them, but they’re not Augusta-esque. If they become Augusta-esque on the weekend, I think it’s going to be very exciting to watch. But if it stays like this, we’re going to see a huge congregation of 20 or so guys on the leader board. It’s going to have to take the conditions to start separating some players. It’s going to have to get firmer.”

    Two thoughts: 1) His critique reminded me of what NASCAR announcers sometimes say about restrictor-plate racing, which tends to prevent drivers from getting separation from the field. 2) Mickelson shared genuine insight on the golf course and the field. That doesn’t often happen in player interviews.

    • • •

    Finally, what’s up with those highlights packages that begin with the player walking toward the camera, then crossing his arms as if to say, “You want a piece of me?”

    (For more commentary on television coverage of the Masters, check out the “Wired” column in the April 13 issue of Golfweek.)


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    To: PlayItDown™ who wrote (23804)4/9/2012 3:49:41 PM
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    Hey Bob,

    What a great Masters. It was favorite since Phil won his first.

    But, the truth is I was already gearing up to play more this year. I hope to get in at least a dozen rounds.

    How long until Ping has a pink driver on the market? Two weeks, a month?

    Hope you are getting to hit em a bunch.

    TH

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    To: TH who wrote (23806)4/9/2012 4:15:20 PM
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    I have never been a Phil fan, never rooted against him, just don't root for him.
    It has to do with him showing up on tour with his gold chains..........at least, that's what I remember.......


    I'm having a hard time looking at these new white drivers and three woods out there, the last thing I want to see is a pink one.

    Three weeks from Wednesday, my annual trip with - this year, 28 Vermin going to Myrtle Beach. This is the 24th annual. Already talking next year (25th) back to Biloxi MS:


    beaurivage.com


    The seniors just played an event at Fallen Oak, awesome golf course. It is owned by the Beau Rivage Casino

    fallenoak.com

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    To: PlayItDown™ who wrote (23807)4/9/2012 5:50:08 PM
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    The pink shaft and lately the pink driver head were to publicize the need for anti-cancer research and therapies, and was a statement relating to his father's condition, and to help raise money. Since his father's passing in 2010, it's been a way to continue that effort.

    sbnation.com

    It's part of an effort to raise $1 million for Phoenix-area charities and not part of The "Komen Race" or any other effort.

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    To: PlayItDown™ who wrote (23807)4/9/2012 10:18:08 PM
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    Bob,

    That course looks fantastic.

    As for Phil, I like him. He has matured well. I remember back in the 90's when he was asked a question he would say, "well, the humidity was over 50% and that caused the grass to stick in the V grooves and then they perform more like U grooves, I of course planned for that, as I expected the ball to release and jump about 18% more, but then Bones reminded me that the early spring has brought out the po-po bugs early and the new dimple design on my golf balls fits perfectly into the hard shell of their backs, thus creating slightly more drag on these southern greens...so, my ball on 18th came up just a bit short and I missed the putt and lost".

    Now he says, "I just didn't play as well as usual".

    But, like Bubba, Phil makes those fun shots.

    As for the white drivers, I've not bought a new club in probably five years, but I did hit one of those Taylormade white drivers (and I didn't know it, but I guess there are two models and I don't know which one I hit). Wow. I can't say it is longer, as I didn't hit it enough, but straighter and more forgiving without doubt. And light. It feels as if every bit of the weight is way way out there on the end. Maybe I'll break down and replace my driver, circa 2005/2006 this year.

    Have fun on your trip and hit em good!

    TH

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    From: Sr K4/10/2012 12:23:37 AM
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    Bubba on Late Night Tuesday. CBS must have some kind of pull.

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    From: upanddown4/10/2012 1:00:21 AM
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    Interesting piece about Bubba.

    Bubba Watson now faces task of mastering fame
    I love this part.
    That's what makes Watson special. His father, who died after the Ryder Cup in 2010, was the only teacher Watson had, and there weren't many lessons. He showed his son how to grip the club and swing it, and the boy figured the rest out himself. Watson still doesn't have a teacher.
    'Why do I want somebody to tell me what to do?' he once said. 'I'm still a kid. I'm hitting shots that I want to hit. I'm doing the things that I want to do. I play it my way.'

    sports.yahoo.com

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