Saturday - Quotes of the day
Our daily round-up of who is saying what at The 145th Open at Royal Troon.
“I’m just really struggling on the greens this week. I’ve left everything short. I’m hitting the ball great but finding the putting very challenging.”
World No. 3 Jordan Spieth explains why he’s sitting at five over par heading into the final round.
“It’s an awesome experience to be here for the weekend and an experience I will never forget. Let’s just hope for another decent round tomorrow so I can move my way a bit further up the leaderboard.”
Haydn Porteous talks after carding a 68 despite going out with a marker in the first game on the course.
“It is probably the most unexpected cut I have made in my life. I was having a nap when my caddie phoned to say we were in. I was going to go out for a bit of dinner and a few pints with the boys before getting the flight to Orlando at half nine this morning.”
Graeme McDowell carded a third round 72 and then explained how surprised he was to make the cut on four over par.
“I love playing at The Open, it’s great. I love playing links golf and it’s great to play in front of a home crowd. The reason I’m four over par is I’m not hitting the ball very well this week. The conditions are tough and poor ball-striking gets exposed when it’s as windy as this.”
Lee Westwood rues his misfiring long game at his favourite event of the year.
“I played great,” he said. “I could easily have been six or seven under par on the front side but I haven’t had a birdie on the back side all week and that’s why I’m not in the tournament right now.”
World No. 1 Jason Day analyses where his Championship has gone wrong.
“That hole has been very kind to me and I will happily take another two tomorrow.”
Tyrrell Hatton after carding his third successive birdie at the Postage Stamp.
“I don’t like it very much. I’m four over for this week.”
Graeme McDowell with an alternative view of the same hole.
“They say this is summer but I’m not so sure.”
Patrick Reed when asked about the weather conditions during the third round.
“Obviously, he’s a good player, but he’s also a character and we need characters in the game,”
Sergio Garcia’s take on the new sensation Andrew “Beef” Johnston.