Thursday - Quotes of the Day
Our daily round-up of who is saying what at The 145th Open at Royal Troon
“This one's going to stay with me for a while because of the historical element of the Major Championships. There's a lot of guys that have shot 63, but nobody has shot that 62. That would have been really something special. I'm just not going to have opportunities like that to do that. So to have that putt lip out, that's going to sting for a while.”
Despite breaking the Royal Troon course record with a 63, Phil Mickelson agonises over the missed birdie putt on 18 that denied him a first-ever 62 in a Major Championship
“Look, I tell you what, a lot better players than me in the world of golf would have taken 71 after being two over at the first. So, I’m proud of myself for hanging on because it would have been easy, very easy, to score 78 from there.”
Colin Montgomerie rates his round after starting out with a double bogey on the first hole.
“I was leading The Open at one point this morning which was pretty cool. If nothing else, that’s a positive I can take from today. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted to, but that’s something I will always be able to say I have done.”
2016 Amateur Champion Scott Gregory talks about a round in which he went out in 33 but then came home in 45 for a seven over par 78.
“It’s a bit like David versus Goliath.”
Patrick Reed when asked to compare Royal Troon’s back nine with its front nine.
“It’s a little frustrating. I actually drove it pretty good today but every time I hit an iron I kept on missing it left. I understand the next few days are going to be difficult, so the scores will probably come back. If I can just play, good solid golf, and get the ball in front of me, I think I can inch my way back in.”
World No. 1 Jason Day sums up where he stands after opening the Championship with a two over par 73.
“This is definitely the best I’ve played in a while. I struggled in Akron, hit the ball sideways for the most part, but today I had it under control.”
Justin Rose sees light at the end of the tunnel after carding a three under par 68.
“That’s a question I almost never get asked so, because of that, I’m not going to think about it much.”
Jordan Spieth asked about his putting after it went uncharacteristically cold during an opening round of level par 71.
“Just frustrating. It could have been a really good day but it ended up just been average. It would have been nice to post a decent number but I’m just going to have to wait, do some practise and see where it finishes at the end of the day.”
Masters Champion Danny Willett reflects on his opening level par 71 after dropping three shots coming home.
“It was just one of those yucky days.”
1985 Champion Golfer of the Year Sandy Lyle describes an opening 85 including a two double bogeys and ten bogeys.
“The 11th hole is one of the toughest holes I’ve ever played. It’s a scary tee shot. You just can’t see where you’re going. The fairway angles and the wind comes in from the left. There’s gorse about 250 (yards) and there is a mound with a lot of nasty stuff behind it about 250. It’s just a scary hole.”
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have both suggested Troon’s 11th hole is the hardest par-4 on The Open rota and Bill Horschel would seem to find it hard to disagree.
“This is the first time I’ve played links golf. I grew up watching it (on TV) so I thought I could get a bit of a sense of it but it’s a lot different when you finally get here. I did as much prep work as I felt I could and so far it’s going good.”
Tony Finau after carding a flawless four under par 67 in his first ever round at The Open.
“I’ve tried to figure that out for 19 years. I have no answer for you.”1997 Champion Golfer of the Year Justin Leonard, when asked why Americans have won the last six Championships staged at Royal Troon.