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What they said Friday at the U.S. Open

June 17, 2011

A look at some of the day's best quotes following the second round at Congressional:

"I have bigger worries than Rory McIlroy." -- Sergio Garcia

"He's two groups behind me, and I heard, oh, here we go. It's cool to see after the Masters and what happened to him. He's a good kid. At 21 years old, I couldn't be out here. I know how hard it is to play out here, and to do what he's doing is phenomenal. It's good for the game. I mean, tearing it up like this." -- Robert Garrigus

"I was paying attention to my own thing, and knowing what I needed to do to get back to play the weekend, that was my first goal was to shoot under par so I could play the weekend. So I really wasn't worried about him. The lead was too far away to be thinking about it." -- Steve Stricker

"I took a few things away from the Masters that I felt I could incorporate into my game, and I said at the start of the week, we'll find out how they go when I get myself into that position again. We'll see how that goes over the next couple of days." -- Rory McIlroy

"I think anybody who makes people want to tune in and watch is a great ambassador, and Rory McIlroy makes people want to do that. He's a great kid, got a great head on his shoulders, which is very hard to do with his lifestyle. The amount of talent and success he's had at such a young age, he's a great ambassador. You couldn't ask for a better kid to be out there representing the game of golf. " -- Brandt Snedeker

"Even though I was able to shoot under par today, I was still struggling with it. Rather than go work on it, I think I'm going to try to figure out what it is I need to work on first and then get back to the range." -- Phil Mickelson

"Just getting to see a major championship venue, to see if I reach my goal of playing on the PGA Tour what I'm going to be doing in a few years, and kind of a precursor of what the Tour life is like to be out here for a week. I can't imagine these guys going out there five straight weeks doing this. It's tiring. It's good to see all the great players and learn from them and how they prepare for the tournament especially is very cool." -- Beau Hossler, 16

"Regrouping, I'm going to go home, sit down, kick my feet up and remind myself that I'm a 36 year old amateur and try to go out tomorrow and have a good time and have some fun, and that's about it." -- Steve Irwin

"It was a fantastic two days. Unfortunately it was only two days. The crowd support was great. I just couldn't it went way beyond my expectations, playing here and coming back and just getting the support I had was fantastic. Every hole I felt like we were playing a practice round with Ernie and Jack at Augusta and both of them getting standing ovations on every hole, and I'm sitting back just watching. I kind of felt like that here today. It was really special." -- Fred Funk

-- Compiled by Alex Myers

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