Wednesday - Quotes of the day
Our daily round-up of who is saying what at The 145th Open at Royal Troon
“I would love to win one, don’t get me wrong. I would love to win two or three. But it is not something I lose any sleep over. Obviously I would be delighted to win at the Open Championship because I have come close a few times but it doesn’t cross my mind what it would feel like.”
Ahead of his 22nd appearance at The Open, Lee Westwood reflects on the possibility of winning a Major Championship
"I made my debut in a Major here in 2004. I missed the cut comfortably, but it was great. I was like a rabbit in the headlights because this is the big show, a Major. But it was a learning experience."
Graeme McDowell recalls his previous appearance in The Open at Royal Troon in 2004.
"Unfortunately, it doesn't matter what your golf swing is like, a guy with a terrible golf swing, whose head is in the right place, will hit the best shot he can at that moment in time. A guy with a great golf swing whose head is not in the right place will hit a bad shot. That's the simple answer."
Padraig Harrington has been working with mental coach, Bob Rotella, in the lead-up to The Open and believes he has rediscovered the key to playing well.
"I just popped something. You know, like when you crack your knuckle. But it's all good."
World No. 1, Jason Day, played down an injury scare after being seen grabbing his ribs after hitting a shot to the 18th green in practice.
"You can't get much closer than a play-off. I was just lucky I won the PGA the next year otherwise I would have lived to dwell on it a bit.''
Australia’s Wayne Grady recalls the impact of losing in a play-off to Mark Calcavecchia in The Open at Royal Troon in 1989.
“I would never think I’m the type of guy anybody could learn anything from. I think experience is way over-rated. All that means is I’ve hit more bad shots than the guys that are 20-years-old and they’re all lingering in my brain.”
The 1989 Champion Golfer of the Year Mark Calcavecchia plays down experience as a factor in playing well in this week’s Championship.
“It’s the only one (Open venue) that I haven’t played in my professional career. It makes the circuit complete. And I think it will suit me pretty well. I guess that when they add Portrush I’ll have one more box to tick again.”
Henrik Stenson will complete his Tour of all The Open venues at this week’s Championship at Royal Troon.
“I get these guys on Twitter telling me I’m bad for golf and saying I’m a clown. I get them saying my beard is bad for golf. Bad for golf! Like, ‘This beard is a threat to the game’. Funny thing is, I was going to get rid of it a while back but that kind of makes me want to keep it.”
Andrew Johnston – or Beef as he’s now better known – discusses one of the repercussions of his new-found fame.