I wasn't this nervous playing golf when I was drinking. It's the first tournament I've won on the PGA Tour in a sober manner, so it's a great feeling knowing I can do it sober. I don't think two years ago I could have pulled this off.— John Daly
Most Powerful Golf Tournament quotations
I know this golf tournament has my name on it but it's not about me.
It's about the Louisiana Tech family. There is nothing greater than being a part of the Bulldog family.
The most important shot in golf is the next one.
I really stay busy [in retirement]. I often have to cancel my golf games on the weekends to go play in tennis tournaments.
Golf's a funny game. You can be playing poorly and then go and win a tournament.
In football, there were drinks available everywhere you looked. On a golf tournament, you could find one free anywhere you wanted it. In tennis and NBA basketball, everybody had a hospitality suite, and so you could go there and load up if you wanted to.
Once you play a tournament, you're playing against the golf course, you're playing against yourself and trying to do the best you can.
The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life.
It is never easy to win but it is a lot easier to win when you play well.
The key is winning golf tournaments when you are not playing so well. Managing your game is something that I feel that I am still learning to do.
My first assistant-coaching job in football was at William & Mary in 1961.
The pay wasn't much, so to get $300 more per year, I agreed to coach the golf team. I didn't even know how to keep score, and really, my main job was not to wreck the van on the way to tournaments.
When I first came on tour, I was playing for money.
Now I'm playing to win golf tournaments and the money is more than I ever dreamed I could make.
There's no question that the galleries still like to see birdies and eagles.
If you take them all away, it takes some of the dramatics, the excitement of a golf tournament and we [people] don't want to do that.
I never went into a tournament or round of golf thinking I had to beat a certain player. I had to beat the golf course. If I prepared myself for a major, went in focused, and then beat the golf course, the rest took care of itself.
It's not like I'm hanging out at shopping malls or going to celebrity golf tournaments. I'm so in my own little world. I got my dog, my music, my brother, a couple of friends.
You can win tournaments when you're mechanical, but golf is a game of emotion and adjustment. If you're not aware of what's happening to your mind and your body when you're playing, you'll never be able to be the very best you can be.
I can accomplish all those. It's really awkward, kind of, for me coming out here and being in a competitive golf atmosphere. I don't get to do it but once a year, except my, like, local tournaments back home in Oakland.
I had very low expectations. Honestly, I think I had 11 rounds of golf the entire year in before this tournament, and I had hit balls maybe four or five times.
Hey, guess what? Turns out the free market? Not so free.
Wall Street was hit hard Monday when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch was sold to Bank of America, and insurance giant AIG neared a collapse of its own. Basically, if your commercials air during golf tournaments, you're done.
As if we don't have enough volence on television.
After her husband accidentally hit two spectators with golf balls during a celebrity golf tournament.
I won my tournament. I won the Silver Medal.
There are three types of golf: golf, tournament golf and Major championship golf.
I was in the middle of the golf tournament trying to make birdies and I was just having a blast. So that probably qualifies as having a greater appreciation.
I like to try to give something back to the community because I feel fortunate for how I was raised and how my life turned out. Each year, with the help of my brother, Grant, we run a charity golf tournament to raise money for the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy.
We raised almost 2 million dollars at the last golf tournament that can be used for minority scholarships and Junior Golf programs. The payoff for the work we do is so much more valuable than the work we actually do for it.
I guess what was going to come back came back on Monday.
Of course now I've played a different golf course. I've played two practice rounds and two tournament rounds all kind of the same and now today I've played a different golf course.
Golf is all about patience - one tournament is four days long, 18 holes a day.
We went around and looked and talked to a lot of foundations with those charities and decided upon the Children's Hospital. They had a golf tournament at the time, but it was a small event that didn't raise a significant amount of money.
Certainly, if you can't manage your game, you can't play tournament golf.
You continually have to ask yourself what club to play, where to aim it, whether to accept a safe par or to try to go for a birdie. You can't play every hole the same way. I never could.
There are only four U.S. tournaments that the very best players in the world play every year - Palm Springs, Miami, Cincinnati, and the U.S. Open. So how would golf or NFL or NHL fare if there were only four times a year that their very best were visible? Tennis went international, and for us to expect it to be popular media-wise is very naïve. And that translates into children and families being interested.
When I was playing in a junior tournament one time, I missed a short putt and threw my putter into the trees. I went on to win the tournament and later, instead of my dad congratulating me, he told me that if I ever threw a club again, I'd never play in another golf tournament. I haven't thrown a club since.
I'm a golf junkie. I watch every tournament pretty much. I watch interviews. I watch warm-up routines. All that stuff.
I go back there and all my friends are there when I have my golf tournament.
They treat me the same way they did when I was growing up.
Ours is a youth culture, and like a golf tournament, we honor only low scores.
My kids have grown up knowing nothing other than me being gone all the time and playing in golf tournaments. That's what they know.
You have to understand, I don't play golf for fun.
It's my business. When the mailman starts delivering mail on his off day, that's when I'll start playing golf for the hell of it. I like to play in tournaments. There are many great courses around the world that I have never played that are next door to tournaments. I have not played them because I don't play for fun.