Thursday, July 20th, 2017


Golf Channel Notable Quotes
The 146TH Open
First Round
Thursday, July 20, 2017 (1:30-7 a.m. ET)
Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England

**Live coverage of the opening round of The Open continues on Golf Channel until 4 p.m. ET today**

On the opening round at The 146TH Open
Justin Leonard – “It is such a special title to own. This golf tournament is made by the history of the event, coming over and playing links golf, which American players don’t get to play very often.”
Colin Montgomerie – “It has gotten easier. The breeze will pick up this afternoon. The starters that have gone out this morning, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, they have had a good time here. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the time to play.”
Montgomerie – “It’s a major course, it’s a fair golf course and already, the cream is rising to the top.”

On Royal Birkdale
Leonard – “One of the kindest compliments players can give a golf course is that it is fair. This golf course, Royal Birkdale, is certainly that.”
Leonard – “Patience and discipline are keys to really playing well at The Open this week. You have to have a lot of patience with your caddy, with yourself and discipline in that you don’t want to take things on that are not necessary.”
Mike Tirico – “If there is a characteristic to this golf course – its confining.”
Montgomerie – “You’ve got to adapt. Links golf is all about adapting to the conditions that are presented to you.”
Montgomerie – “Royal Birkdale is the best course in England on the Rota by a mile in my opinion. Turnberry has the character, St. Andrews has the history, Carnoustie has the toughness. Royal Birkdale has it all.”

On Ian Poulter, opening round 3-under par 67
Rich Lerner – “Rebuilding his game and his confidence.”
Brandel Chamblee – “What I’m seeing is a man who has basically turned himself inside-out.”
Chamblee – “This is Ian Poulter at his best. He has re-created himself. The game is more interesting with Ian Poulter playing well.”

On Stuart Manley, opening round 2-under par 68 with an eagle-birdie on the last two holes
Montgomerie – “What a finish.”
Chamblee – “An eagle at 17 and birdie on the 18th. Afterwards, he seemed almost on an even keel, almost like he has yet to realize what he’s done.”

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