Thursday, May 11th, 2017


Golf Channel Notable Quotes
Golf Central Live From THE PLAYERS
Thursday, May 11, 2017 (Primetime)
TPC Sawgrass (Stadium Course)
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 

On William McGirt (5-under, co-leader)
David Duval – “It’s not surprising to see him pop up in these major events because he is gritty, he is tough, and he doesn’t have any give up in him. He fights the whole way through and tries to scratch out every last shot he can.” 

On Jon Rahm (4-under, T-3rd)
Duval – “Dustin Johnson I believe was the 20th man to reach No. 1 in the world. This is probably the 21st different player that’s going to get there. And it wouldn’t be surprising if it happens in the next couple years.”
Brandel Chamblee – “Jon Rahm looks like a player that could win every single week. Much like Phil Mickelson when he was young, much like Tiger Woods. It is so rare to see a player come out here with every single thing needed [to win]… Every single thing this guy does leaves you flabbergasted.”
Frank Nobilo – “One of the luxuries that Jon Rahm has apart from the physical attributes is a slightly unorthodox swing. He has control because the left hand is leading, but dynamically it really does work.” 

On Rory McIlroy (+1, T-66th)
Chamblee – “It’s worrisome to see a superstar with a bad back. I think there’s more and more of those [cases] in the game of golf, and they do worry me… He works with a great man, Steve McGregor. They know what they’re doing for sure. But is it the swing? Is it the workouts? What’s causing a bad back at 28 years of age who has such a beautiful, rhythmic, powerful golf swing?”
Duval – “He’s talked a lot about his workout regimen to try and strengthen that back. But as important as that is, so is getting that putter flowing a little bit here and there.” 

On TPC Sawgrass
Nobilo – “[Hole No. 12] is a drivable par-4, but that doesn’t mean you have to hit at the green each and every day.”
Chamblee – “The changes that we’ve talked about, we have said are perhaps superficial. But they seem to be a little more than superficial, because there are six players who are tied for third or better. Three of them have never seen this golf course before in Alex Noren, Mackenzie Hughes and Jon Rahm. First time players stepping up here and looking like veterans.” 

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