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The 10 best quotes from the Chambers Bay media blitz

June 17, 2015

On Monday and Tuesday, we saw Jordan Spieth admit that he wears his green jacket around the house, we listened to Martin Kaymer give a brilliant master class in competitive psychology, and we witnessed a course designer -- Robert Trent Jones Jr. -- confront Tiger Woods on remarks he made about the design. And those moments didn't even make our top 10!

Read on for the best quotes from the pre-tournament pressers at Chambers Bay:

10. Rickie Fowler wants another crack at Rory McIlroy.

He's the guy out front. There's a lot of times where you see him up on the board and in a way expect him to be there. But we're ready to go to battle and go toe-to-toe. And personally I want to see him play well and I want to go up against him when he is playing well to go have some fun and see who comes out on top.

9. Phil Mickelson on dealing with the ravages of time.

There's no reason why I couldn't play at a high level for a while. But saying that, the last two years, my technique and my form has not been what I expect it to be, what it's been throughout the course of my career. It's been very frustrating. Recently, though, I feel like I found the direction on getting that back, getting my swing plane back, making solid contact, hitting the shots that I expect to hit. But it's in its infancy. I don't know how far or how long it will take to get it really sharp. But I saw a really good glimpse last week. Maybe it's this week, maybe it isn't. Maybe it's later this year. But I feel like it's on the verge of coming around.

...and a bit of sarcasm, about the possibility of playing the senior tour in five years...

Yeah, that's really high on my list, so that's been great. Thanks

8. Tiger Woods gets a bit passive-aggressive on the USGA's Mike Davis.

We don't know, none of us, none of you guys in this room, none of the players, know what Mike is going to do on the setup. And so it's hard to predict that. Is he going to play -- for instance, Pete Dye always believed make the long holes long. If it's into the wind, put them all the way back. If it's downwind, put them all the way up. We don't know what Mike is going to do on the different winds and the different days. So, yeah, we could say that the long hitters have an advantage, but maybe not. Depends on what Mike does.