Open Championship

What they're saying at The Open

2015-07-16 22:21
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St Andrews - What they're saying at the first round of the British Open at St Andrews on Thursday:

CHARL SCHWARTZEL (67) - The South African on a lengthy delay after a child had picked up J.B. Holmes' ball from the fairway:

"I think J.B. Holmes was looking for a ruling but we weren't sure what was going on, and it took them about 10 minutes before they called us to hit, and then we went through. It's not nice to stand around when it's that cold waiting to play, but it was okay.

LEE WESTWOOD (71) - On the expected heavy rain and winds set to engulf the Old Course on Friday:

"Obviously none of us like playing in the rain, but I think you want a 15, 20 mile-an-hour wind blowing on this golf course, otherwise the players just murder it basically.

ROBERT STREB (66) - The early clubhouse leader on the chilly weather and lifestyle at St Andrews this week:

"It's pretty cold for July. But it's nice being able to kind of walk everywhere, see the town, go in the pub and having a beer and some fish and chips and such has been really cool.

GRAEME McDOWELL (72) - On what it would mean to win his first Open Championship at St Andrews:

"It's the Home of Golf, isn't it. It's the iconic golf course, the R&A clubhouse, it's just everything that the Open Championship sort of personifies. You're walking in the footsteps of legends, you know this is it, this is what it's all about really! If you're going to win one, you'd like to win it here, but I'm not fussy. I'll take my first Open Championship anywhere really. I don't really care.

PAUL LAWRIE (66) - 1999 Open champion on playing in front of his home fans in Scotland:

"It's always really cool to play golf in Scotland in front of the best fans in the world. I mean, let's be honest. They cheer all the players, to be fair, but when you're a Scot and you get it going out there, then obviously you hear your name a little bit more than the guys you're playing with.

TOM WATSON (76) - On some of the fans wearing Tom Watson masks during the first round of what will likely be his last appearance at The Open:

"Those are ugly masks. I told them there's way too many wrinkles in those masks. It kind of scared me looking at those, like geez, look at those things, that guy is ugly.

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