Golf fan, @grzegorz24 on Twitter, after Carlos Tevez caddied for Andres Romero: “Romero should be the new City manager. He controlled Tevez far better than Mancini has done.”
Speaking at 1pm, after beginning the day in 51st place and shooting 65 to finish one under: “I knew that under par was going to look close to top ten. The forecast said it is going to blow quite a bit this afternoon, so I thought if I started off pretty good and kept it going, I might have a good chance to finish top ten somewhere.” He ended up tied for seventh.
Asked if he will brood about finishing 45th: “No. Rarely do I get in moods. You play golf long enough, you have no problem with it.”
On Scott’s use of the long putter: “It makes his bad days better. I don’t think it makes his good days better still.”
At 2pm, before teeing off: “This is the day we needed as the chasing pack. There is that 15mph wind that we were looking for all week. Theoretically that should suit me.”
On the long putter: “Guys wouldn’t be using them if they didn’t putt better with them. Clearly in the rules, if somebody invented the belly putter tomorrow, it would not pass. The only reason it got through is the people that used it 20 years ago were coming to the end of their careers and people were sympathetic. They didn’t want to finish Bernhard Langer’s career by telling him you can’t hold it like this, you can’t attach it to your arm. That’s it, you can’t play anymore. If somebody came up with it tomorrow, there’s no way they’d let it through. Changing the groove rule has cost me shots – fact. If they leave the putter in, then why can’t I have my grooves back?”
On being asked whether his caddy John McLaren is naming his first child, born on Friday, Luke: “As it’s a girl, it would be a bit strange. No – Georgina.”
On his pre-Championship expectations: “I figured if I didn’t lose my mind, I’d have a chance to make the cut.” He finished tied for ninth.
“The Americans on the PGA Tour are really friendly. Americans are very friendly by nature. They’re not as stiff on the course, they don’t keep to themselves so much, they’re not as reserved as the Europeans. They like to chat. Today I played with Nick Watney and it’s fantastic to have a nice chat with him and just understand that it’s just golf.”
“For me where I come from, the Indian Tour and then you get to the Asian Tour and then you play with the Europeans and the Americans, it is intimidating because you put them on a pedestal. You make mountains out of them because they play so well. You watch them on TV and they’re superstars, all of them. Then you play with them and you rub shoulders and you beat most of them, you tell yourself that they’re human, just like you.”
Thomas Aiken, with possibly the quote of the Championship
“Ernie was talking to me at the end of last year when we were flying back from Dubai together. He told me one very good thing is forget about top 50 in the world, forget about No.1 in the world, because it doesn’t really mean anything. He said what means something is winning tournaments. You’re remembered for winning golf tournaments, not for anything else.”
Asked how cruel golf can be: “It’s happened to us all.”