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December 15, 2016 - 11:45am
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Sam Saunders, grandson to the late Arnold Palmer, eloquently encapsulated what we were all feeling about the loss of the King.

If you're one of those people who thinks golf interviews are boring, then... well, you're right for the most part.

We get the details of a round, the birdies and bogeys, how a player can build on a great round or bounce back from a poor one, yada, yada, yada.

Yawn.

But, every now and again, you really get some gems. Here's a list of the best golf quotes from 2016.

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Rickie Fowler on losing a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama at the Waste Management Open, unable to fight back tears after the tough defeat:

"I mean, the hard part is having, you know, all my friends and family and grandpa and my dad who haven't seen me win. But I will be able to kinda hang with them tonight. I'll be all right. With how good I'm playing, I know I can win. That's the hard part."

Patrick Reed on his incredible play in two Ryder Cup appearances and why he excels in match play:

"It's just kind of one of those things, any time I can wear the red, white and blue, play for our country, and it happens to be match play, it kind of all just fits in. Any time I feel like I can go one-on-one against somebody, it's something I love to do."

Jordan Spieth in his first interview since his 2016 Masters collapse, talking about the pain he experienced in that defeat:

"I don't wish it upon any of y'all. I know the feelings that Danny (Willett) was experiencing. You know, I was obviously very happy for him, and he 100 percent earned his Masters win. It really bugs me when people are trying to take that maybe away from him or shoot it down, and the questions have been asked to him, do you think this will go down as you winning or him losing, and that's absolute bull, because he won and he earned it. I knew the shots he played down the stretch. He heard the roars. I knew the clutch putts that he made. But for me personally, it was certainly difficult to go through that experience right afterwards, feeling like I should have -- I had control of it and could have very well put it on myself or however it works, the Chairman put it on. I don't really know how it works. I was hoping to find out."

Ernie Els explaining his six-putt, opening-hole, quintuple-bogey nine in the first round of the 2016 Masters:

"You make some stuff up in your brain, you know, it's difficult. It's something that, what holds you back from doing your normal thing? I don't know what it is. I can go to that putting green now and make 20 straight 3-footers. And then you get on the course, and you feel a little different, and you can't do what you normally do. So it's pretty difficult."

Tiger Woods explaining his goals for 2017, with tongue planted firmly in cheek:

"One of my biggest goals is to try to get into the top 1,000 of the World Ranking. If I can sneak my way into the top 1,000, that'd be a great goal."

Ryder Cup USA Captain Davis Love III after his team's first victory in the matches since 2008:

"I'm tremendously proud of their effort, the way they competed and the way they hung together. This team's been questioned and beat up for a long time, and I'm proud of the way they came together and the way they played and the way they represented their country."

Jim Furyk setting up his emotional acceptance speech as recipient of the Payne Stewart Award:

"I think I'm going to break the record for the quickest to cry. Stricker is going down tonight!"

Billy Hurley III after winning the 2016 Quicken Loans National exactly one year after his father went missing, was found and then took his own life in August 2015:

"It's been a hard year. It’s been a really hard year. So it's nice to have something go well."

Phil Mickelson, referring to himself, on the pressure Ryder Cup USA felt to win at Hazeltine:

"The pressure started when some dumb-ass opened his mouth two years ago."

Rory McIlroy on the rowdy crowds at Hazeltine:

"No, people are here, they are here to have a good time. I don't know how you could police that or limit that in any way, telling people they can't drink until 11:00 in the morning, they are just going to go and buy six beers. Can't do anything about that. People are here to have a good time. Geez, I know if I was watching The Ryder Cup, I would want to do the same thing. I mean, I'd love to be on the other side of the ropes giving other people abuse, it would be so good. But unfortunately, I have to play inside the ropes and that's a great privilege to have. I'm not sure there's any way you can police that."

Sam Saunders talking about his late grandfather, Arnold Palmer, at the memorial service in Latrobe, Pa., in October:

"There wasn't a big difference between the man you saw on TV and the man we knew at home. We are all here for the same reason. We all loved Arnold Palmer."

This exchange between Little Billy and Rory McIlroy:

"I got you a wedding present, but I should probably give it to you now," Billy said, presenting a box filled with socks.

Rory asks, "A box of socks? What's this all about?"

"Just in case you get cold feet again," said Billy, referring to the engagement Rory broke off with Wozniaki a few years back right after the wedding invitations had been mailed out.

Henrik Stenson on his decision to compete in the Rio Olympics despite the Zika virus concerns many of his peers cited for not playing:

"It might be the only time when it's a competitive advantage to be 40-plus and done with the bambino thing. I've got three kids at home and I'm not looking to have any more. The Zika virus is not a concern of mine."

Andrew "Beef" Johnston with the quote of the year after his maiden victory on the European Tour in the Spanish Open:

"I can't wait to get back to North Mid, get hammered and see my mom and brother and spend time with them and just celebrate."
 

December 15, 2016 - 9:00am
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Bridgestone Golf announced on Dec. 15, that it reached a multi-year deal for Tiger Woods to play the company's golf balls.

Bridgestone Golf announced this morning that 79-time PGA Tour winner and 14-time major champion Tiger Woods has signed a multi-year agreement to exclusively play and promote its golf balls.

Woods, who spent 683 weeks as the top-ranked golfer in the world, will play the Bridgestone Tour B330-S ball after thoroughly testing it against competing models from all major brands.

"Finding the right golf ball is extremely important," Woods said in a press release. "It's an essential part of my equipment, and the Bridgestone B330-S ball is hands-down the best for my game. Controlling launch and trajectory is critical, and with this ball I feel I have total control to hit all shots accurately. I'm not just here to play -- I'm here to win, and the innovative breakthroughs of the Bridgestone B330-S ball can help me do that."

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"No one spends more time perfecting their equipment than Tiger Woods, and no one holds their equipment to a higher standard," said Angel Ilagan, President and CEO of Bridgestone Golf. "His choice of Bridgestone sends a clear message that our golf balls are superior to all others."

As part of the partnership, Woods will be featured in digital, social, print and broadcast marketing globally as a Bridgestone Golf ambassador.

Woods will also support the popular Bridgestone ball-fitting program, which he believes can stimulate a new generation of golfers and increase enjoyment for all players.

"Bridgestone wants to make golf easier for everyone," said Woods. "Knowing that every golfer's game and swing is unique, it works to match each individual with the best ball for his or her game. If you're not switching to Bridgestone, you're missing out on better scores and a better experience." 

December 14, 2016 - 5:21pm
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December 14, 2016 - 12:36pm
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Supermodel Cindy Crawford wasn't going to pass up the chance to drink from the Ryder Cup trophy when Rickie Fowler had it with him during his 28th birthday bash.

Rickie Fowler celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday.

It's not a milestone birthday by any means, but it might just be the coolest of Fowler's life to date because of some hardware he had with him... the Ryder Cup Trophy.

As part of the Ryder Cup Trophy tour where each member of the winning USA team will have time with the trophy at home, Fowler took it out for his birthday.

If that wasn't cool enough, he even bumped into supermodel Cindy Crawford, who wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to drink out of one of the coolest trophies in sports:

 

Oh do you want your #RyderCup back, @RickieFowler? Just wait 'til I finish my @Casamigos!

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Did you think Fowler was going to tell Crawford, "no?!"

Here are a couple of Snapchat videos Fowler filmed too. All in all, it looks like having the Ryder Cup as your wingman isn't so bad.

 

December 14, 2016 - 12:22pm
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When it comes to putting an identifying mark on a golf ball, it can be as simple as a dot or line for putter alignment. Or, it can get a lot more elaborate.

When it comes to putting an identifying mark on a golf ball, it can be as simple as a dot or line for putter alignment.

Or, it can get a lot more elaborate.

We reached out to the hundreds of thousands of our followers in PGA.com Facebook Nation to ask the question: How do you mark your golf ball?

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You guys came through, as usual, with loads of great answers. Here are nine of our favorites, who also included a photo of their art work... some of them with the kind of art that'd be sure to make you feel even worse than you already did about losing that little, white nugget.


9. Eric Newbold submitted this photo of his golf ball with a logo for "The Punisher," a comic-book character from the Marvel Universe.


8. Ken Dresser provided this photo of, presumably his favorite sports team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since this writer is a big-time Boston Bruins fan, I got a kick out of the first comment under Dresser's post from a Facebook user named TherealMike Traficante Sr.: "Always 'losing' that ball, eh?"

Well played.


7. William L. Wilson sent us a photo of his TaylorMade golf ball with loads of creative swirls.


6. Jose Luis Alcala Escobedo kept it simple with some orange strips that almost resemble one of the rocks you find at a driving range. Perhaps it works well for reverse psychology on water holes. Everyone has that golf buddy who uses a "lousy" ball on water holes "just in case" he hits it in the water, right? Well, with this art of range-ball-looking deception, you can still use your coveted Pro V1 without losing it!


5. Zachary Arms, clearly proud of his Irish roots, opts for a clover on his golf ball. His profile picture also featured him wearing a hat with a clover. Luck of the Irish? On the golf course, you'll take any luck you can get.


4. This entry from Juan Carlos RJ made us think it might take him longer to draw on his dozen golf balls than it does to complete an 18-hole round of golf. That is some elaborate work!


3. Chris Gagle sent us the first of two submissions with a box full of golf balls featuring smiley faces. I like the idea of looking down at a smiling face before hitting my shot. Maybe it's a good reminder that you're enjoying a day on the course instead of doing something else.


2. Gaggles second entry included scenes of winter. Very cool design, but it sort of feels like you're tempting fate, or spitting in the eyes of the Golf Gods by drawing a snowman on your golf ball.


1. Finally, Rob Thomas sent along a photo of his golf ball keeping it simple with a smiley face.