Wednesday, May 11th, 2016


Golf Channel Notable Quotes
Golf Central Live From THE PLAYERS
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (primetime show)
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Video: Golf Channel / NBC analyst David Feherty remembering the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, one of the hardest holes he ever had to play.
Feherty Remembers 17th Hole at TPC Sawgrass

On TPC Sawgrass
Frank Nobilo – “This is an incredibly tough test. But, because of the conditions and the warm weather we are going to get, and because the greens are going to be soft, we have a chance to see the course record go tomorrow. This is a great field.”
Brandel Chamblee – “We are on the eve of the event in the world of golf with the largest, deepest field year after year. 144 of the best players, playing on one of the most dramatic golf courses. From a strategic standpoint, it might be the best test of golf the players face all year long.”
David Duval – “As much as anything with this finish right behind us it tests what’s upstairs. On its face, 137 yards. Not a problem. With everything on the line? A big problem.”
Chamblee – “The stage is set for an epic battle.”

On World No. 2 Jordan Spieth playing in first competitive event since the Masters
Duval – “I think he will respond just fine, but we don’t have to put all of the stock in this week. I think it does take time. You are not going to get over it instantly…I don’t think it is something he will ever forget, but he is going to learn from it and move on.”
Nobilo – “He had two choices. One was go into the witness protection program, or the second one was face the music. He made the right choice. Golf is better for him being in it. It might be tough for a little while but he is here for the long haul.”
Chamblee – “When you are good enough to get into a position that he was in at that age, you are clever enough to get over it.”
Rich Lerner – “He comes to this hole down to our left [17] Sunday tied for the lead or one back, we are going to inch forward in our seats.”

On World No. 3 Rory McIlroy
Duval – “His past performance the past three years shows he is learning how to play the golf course, but just hasn’t quite figured out the front nine. But, do you really think a guy with his talent isn’t going to figure it out?”
Nobilo – “He does tend to play in spurts. He is that type of a player. That is never going to change. When it’s good, its brilliant. If this is the start of a spurt, then this course is not going to stop him.”

On Sergio Garcia and his success at THE PLAYERS Championship
Nobilo – “It is a golf course that is so demanding and so confusing that it completely fills Sergio’s plate, similar to a Ryder Cup…It also enables his talents. He is a virtuoso with a driver in hand but he also likes to play a variety of shots. I think he likes the fact that each hole gives you so many different looks. It’s not the same stereotypical look on every hole.”
Duval – “It [TPC Sawgrass] highlights his ability to do different things with the golf ball, and that is why we see him succeed year-in and year-out.”
Chamblee – “It’s a perfect golf course for him.”

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