Saturday, September 29, 2012

NBC Notes and Quotes - After Day 2

More notes and quotes from NBC commentators after the end of day two.

Day Two Afternoon Matches

“Steve doesn’t seem to quite have it this week so far.” Johnny Miller on Steve Stricker’s struggles in Saturday’s afternoon matches

 “Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner have that quiet confidence that any captain and any teammate would look for.  They don’t get too up and they don’t get too far down.  All they do is just pepper the flag with their shots and knock their putts in.” – Peter Jacobsen on the team of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson

“This is the little team that could.  These guys are tough.  They don’t look too intimidating but they keep dripping you on the forehead.” – Johnny Miller on the team of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson

“They are not going to break this team up for a while.  This is going to be a go-to team for the U.S. for a while.” – Johnny Miller on the team of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson

“I’ve seen more lipped putts by this European squad in this Ryder Cup than I think I have ever seen.” – Peter Jacobsen on the European Team’s putting

“This is Justin Rose’s second Ryder Cup, but to me he is one of the most experienced and reliable players on this team.” – Peter Jacobsen on Justin Rose

“If I were to grade Stricker’s play I think he has played reasonably solid.  But certainly by his standards he hasn’t made anything like he normally does on the greens.” – Roger Maltbie on Steve Stricker’s play the first two days at the Ryder Cup

“Only at the Ryder Cup, where Halloween comes early.” – Dan Hicks on the fans’ patriotic costumes

“When you drive the golf ball as well as Bubba Watson does, especially the way he has been driving this week, you basically don’t have par-5’s, you  just have long par-4’s.” – Dottie Pepper on Bubba Watson

“Johnny, we have done a lot of Ryder Cups together, and I can’t remember ever seeing as many people at one of these.” – Gary Koch on the Ryder Cup galleries at Medinah Country Club

“They are a fantastic gallery.  They are so in to this.” – Johnny Miller on the Ryder Cup galleries

“What a feeling it must be to walk through this.  It is like you are in a ticker tape parade on every hole.” – Dan Hicks on the gallery following Watson and Simpson

“Interesting time for the U.S. right now.  A new wave of real great Ryder Cuppers.  Guys that don’t have a losing record that handle the pressure.  It is an exciting time for the United States right now.” – Johnny Miller on the U.S. Team

“If there is a legacy of the players in the last 15 years it is really losing Ryder Cups.  I think these new guys will show a new wave for the U.S.” – Johnny Miller on the U.S. Team

“They are just flat, they are not making putts, they are not making many birdies, and that has got to change real quick.” – Johnny Miller on the European Team’s deficit in the afternoon matches.

“Nobody walks ‘em in from five feet like Webb Simpson.” – Johnny Miller on Webb Simpson

“I agree with Johnny in that Rory, having had this late fantastic summer, is really tired.” – Guest analyst Colin Montgomerie on Rory McIlroy

“I thought Tiger, having rested this morning, he would come out fired up and ready to go but that hasn’t happened at all.” – Guest analyst Colin Montgomerie on Tiger Woods after the opening nine holes in his afternoon match

“What a difference a day makes…today is the total opposite.” – Johnny Miller on Nicolas Colsaerts’ struggles on Day Two

“The Europeans have owned the lips, the United States Team has owned the cup.” – Peter Jacobsen on Justin’s Rose’s lip-out to secure Watson and Simpson’s 5&4 victory.

“Tiger Woods’ could have hit a small bucket and not hit a better one.” – Johnny Miller on Woods’ tee shot on 13

“He’s fueling this comeback on the back nine.” – Peter Jacobsen on Tiger Woods’ play on the back nine

“Wow. That is a timely putt.  You talk about loud.  For golf, now that is loud.” Johnny Miller on Dustin Johnson’s birdie and subsequent crowd reaction on No. 17 to go 1-up

“When Tiger gets in this mode, it seems like he reads these unbelievable well and knocks them in.  Other days, not so good. But he seems to have turned back the clock a bit.  Seems like the magic is back for now.” – Johnny Miller on Tiger Woods’ run of birdies on the back nine

“Those are maniacal eyes, aren’t they.” – Dan Hicks on Ian Poulter

“Predatorial is what they are.” – Johnny Miller on Ian Poulter

-NBC Sports Group-

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