Best golf quotes from 2016

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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.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 10:45 a.m.

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."
 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.