Seven best quotes from Saturday at The Open
Picking yourself up, enjoying the moment, inspiring a generation, ice cream rage and when your surname is Plant and your girlfriend is called Daisy. Quote, unquote, it's another day's pick of the interviews at Royal Birkdale. Here's seven of the best quotes for the third round:
A star of the future
"I've known Austin for quite a while and played a lot of golf with him. He's got a great head and a killer instinct. It will only be a matter of time for him.
"Not only can he win a major championship tomorrow, but this Open can do a lot for him in a lot of different areas. It's cool to see and awesome for Austin.”
- He might be leading The Open, but Jordan Spieth also found time to tip his cap to Austin Connelly, who like the two-time major champion was born in Texas and is coached by Cam McCormick.
Ben, Jerry, and Sylvester Stallone
"I was quiet in the car. Then I watched a movie, and I went and got some ice cream. And after I ate some ice cream, I became a lot happier.
"It was ‘The Expendables 2', so a bit of action. I was supposed to go to the gym yesterday. I'm glad I didn't because I probably would have squatted 500 pounds, I was that angry.”
- World number six Jason Day was fuming last night after thinking he had missed the cut at Royal Birkdale, but ice cream and a film brought his blood back to a normal temperature.
You couldn't make it up
"She's called Daisy Meadows. It will draw a few chuckles at the church if things go as planned for me.
"There's a nice gardening theme to it. All the girls out there, and I end up with a Daisy. What are the chances?”
- Leading amateur Alfie Plant is set to emulate Justin Rose and Chris Wood by claiming the Silver Medal, but on Saturday he revealed his girlfriend's name also shares a horticultural theme.
Rory is hoping to get some luck from above
"I need to pick myself up, play a good final round, hope for some bad weather and hope for some guys to struggle. I definitely feel like was a lost opportunity to get right in the mix. I've always been good when I get off to fast starts but I wasn't here unfortunately.
"It's not quite where I need it to be to win the biggest golf tournaments in the world. But it's getting there."
- Rory McIlroy started his third round with a flurry of birdies but mistakes crept in and he starts the final round six shots back. But ... that's how far Ian Baker Finch came from behind to win here in 1991. Just saying.
Nice guy Kuchar is soaking up the atmosphere
"Walking up the 18th, in the last group, and having the stands and the people cheer, it's completely unique. It's completely different than any tournament we play in the United States. I just soaked it in for a second and said: 'This is pretty cool to be here walking up the last hole of The Open'. It was just a neat moment."
- Matt Kuchar is three shots back from Jordan Spieth and hopes he won't live to regret narrowly missing a birdie putt on the 18th green on Saturday.
Birkdale pro Pettersen was worried about hitting the bleachers!
"He said he knows the course inside out but that he felt so nervous on the first tee! He said he's played this course a hundred times but he's never had so many people stand around the fairway.
"I said to him, ‘Just enjoy yourself.' It's a great opportunity for him. And he can only learn from this.”
- Shaun Norris, who went out first thing this morning with Royal Birkdale club pro Greg Pettersen and shot a 65, revealed the local did not give him any tips about how to tackle the course.
It makes you feel old when you playing partner watched you as a kid
"He's 23 and I'm 41 and he said he'd watched me on television growing up. He was great company but I'd never met him, never played with him before. He's a solid player. He didn't have the kind of day that he would have liked to but we had a good time out there. He finished with a couple of birdies, so that surely made it feel a little bit better for him."
- Defending champion Henrik Stenson enjoyed inspiring Korean playing partner Yikeun Chang