Wednesday, October 7th, 2015


Golf Channel Notable Quotes
Golf Central Live From the Presidents Cup
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, 7-10 p.m. ET (First Hour)
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea
Incheon, South Korea

**Live Coverage of the Day 1 foursomes matches at the Presidents Cup airs live on Golf Channel TONIGHT beginning 10 p.m. ET**

10:05 p.m. ET: J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson           vs.        Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott
10:18 p.m. ET: Matt Kuchar/Patrick Reed            vs.        Branden Grace/Louis Oosthuizen
10:31 p.m. ET: Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker        vs.        Thongchai Jaidee/Anirban Lahiri
10:44 p.m. ET: Phil Mickelson/Zach Johnson        vs.        Steven Bowditch/Jason Day
10:57 p.m. ET: Dustin Johnson/Jordan Spieth      vs.        Danny Lee/Marc Leishman

On the Presidents Cup and the hours before the matches begin
Brandel Chamblee – “A few years ago I had a chance to do an interview with Arnold Palmer. When I asked Mr. Palmer about the most memorable moments in his career, he talked about being introduced as playing for the United States. He started to get emotional. That emotion, it really does connect with the audience…These team events have a way of branding a player in a way that we can’t quite grasp from an individual competition.”
David Duval – “The pomp and circumstance is over. All of the obligations, other than playing good golf, are over. Now you are actually ready to do what you are there for, which is to play and compete. There is a bit of a looseness, a ‘Now we can get to work.’”
Paul McGinley – “As a captain, my view very much was, ‘Stand back.’ I’ve made all of my decisions. It is key to now step back and let the players go and perform.”

On Phil Mickelson
Duval – “This is important for Phil, because we know he was lobbying to be on this team, wanted to be on this team, and now he is on this team. He wasn’t even close to qualifying hasn’t played his best lately. We all expect him to rise to this occasion. Now, he is out on the first set of matches and he needs to do it. It is important for the American team as a quasi-captain, as a quasi- vice-captain, definitely as a leader of a team, that he needs to show up and bring it.”

On the International Team and their perceived underdog status
Chamblee – “When a captaincy, I think, is done correctly, every time they are communicating to the media, they in fact communicating to their team. And the message needs to be consistent. If Price is able to do that, then he can get his team galvanized with this underdog status and they can go out there and do what they need to do. And what they need to do is beat a big star early.”
McGinley – “The big players need to stand up for the International Team this week. It is all going to be dependent on what the big guys do, and they are going to have to win a lot of points.”
Duval – “They have – with some of their remarks – painted themselves into a picture that is similar to the U.S. Ryder Cup team, where everything is on the table and, a ‘We have got to do this and we have got to do it now.’ That is not an easy place to play golf from, and certainly not an easy place to play well from.”

On the experience of participating and competing in the Presidents Cup
Duval – “It is amazing how embraced these events are by everyone involved. There is a great love and pride for these events and how they are run. A lot of that comes from the players and the captains themselves because of what you are representing. For the Americans, when you are trying to beat up each other 51 weeks a year, you do have the one week a year that you count on somebody that you compete day in and day out.”
McGinley – “I love it. I think representing your country, representing your people is what this is all about and the players should be very proud to do so.”

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