Thursday, September 29th, 2016


Golf Channel Notable Quotes
Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup (Thursday, pre opening ceremony)
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.

**Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup coverage continues until 8 p.m. ET tonight**

On Phil Mickelson’s apology to Hal Sutton
Brandel Chamblee – “The temperature today has vastly improved. As it relates to the thermometer, it is warmer, and as it relates to the controversy, it is cooler. Phil did the right thing.”
Jim Gallagher, Jr. – “I get the point he was trying to make, but this was not the time. The Ryder Cup is so hyped up anyway. I thought it was inappropriate. Why throw somebody else under the bus. Learn from it and go on. That is the only way you are going to learn from your mistakes.”

On the Ryder Cup
Chamblee – “The most important match is the first match out Friday. The next most important match is the last match out Saturday and establishing momentum and carrying that momentum into the singles matches on Sunday.”
Gallagher – “This is the calm before the storm.”

On Team U.S.A.
Chamblee – “Brooks Koepka is the best all-around player on the U.S. team all the way through the bag, from the tee to the green. That is the best player statistically ranked here.”
Chamblee – “Dustin Johnson is the best wedge player on this team. He has totally immersed himself into the team concept. He will be a tremendous asset to this team.”
Chamblee – “You would be hard-pressed to find a much more versatile player than Matt Kuchar. Pairs well with anybody. Marvelous companion.”
Gallagher – “You want somebody that is a bulldog, Zach Johnson is the guy. He doesn’t fear a whole lot of people. And when he plays in these formats, he gets after it.”

On Team Europe’s Danny Willett (responding to the media about brother’s comments in recent article)
Chamblee – “He was asked some potentially tough questions that if he handled just a little less cleverly, could have been taken and used as motivation on the U.S. side. He did not do that. He was top to bottom brilliant. This is a very tough situation for him to be in. A+ all the way through for how he handled the situation.”
Gallagher – “Honesty and sincerity, that’s all you can do.”

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