News & ToursJune 18, 2011

What they said Saturday at the U.S. Open

Some of the best quotes from the third round at Congressional:

"What I did today, I tried to set myself a little target, little goals, just because it kept me from focusing on the leaderboard and focusing on how far ahead I was or anything like that. So just giving yourself little goals throughout the round, that really kept me in the present and kept me focused on my game." -- Rory McIlroy

"He's playing awesome. I would expect him to play the same way tomorrow and probably win. He's looking great. So like I said yesterday, I hope he does it, he's a great guy and he deserves it." -- Sergio Garcia

"Just not quite sharp enough, and you pay the Price for it at the U.S. Open." -- Luke Donald

"I'm a Longhorn fan. It might hurt me to say it; there may be something to the power of purple. The confidence is building a while and really starting to feel better, feeling better with the putter, feeling better with the driver. It's just all adding up." -- Harrison Frazar

"Rory is out there making it look incredibly easy. He hasn't put a foot wrong. So I might go back to the house here and put the feet up and watch how it's done, maybe, on the back 9." -- Graeme McDowell

"I can't say that I wanted to play for second place, no. I always want to try to win. And, you know, playing for second place, I guess you're playing for first loser. You've got to go out there I didn't really think about anything at all. I went out there and I just said, look, I've got to put up at least a decent score today to actually have a shot." -- Jason Day

"If you are going to take about someone challenging Jack's record, there's your man." -- Padraig Harrington

"I wasn't expecting 18 to be up. Other than that nothing surprised me. It was a pleasant surprise to walk up to 18 and not have to go another 50 yards back. That was awfully nice to see." -- Matt Kuchar

"I think he's about 27 in golf years. He's very polished on experience. When I was 22, I didn't have the wealth of experience he has." -- Davis Love III

"Weather, you can't control weather. And since we've had rain, the greens are softer, especially coming in with 5 iron, 6 iron, the course is playing long. But if you hit good shots, they're receptive, you can take advantage of it and go for more flags than you can in a U.S. Open. That's why I think we're seeing red numbers. It is what it is. If it rains by a bit, you've got to try and make the most out of it." -- Fredrik Jacobson

"It was a rough back nine. Some things kind of fell apart there in the end." -- Phil Mickelson

"I don't know, depends what time he gets finished." -- Lee Westwood on whether or not he'll eat dinner with Rory McIlroy for a second straight day

"You hear things, and good players come and go, but this kid was something a bit special. I've gotten to know him a lot over the last three or four years and played practice rounds with him. Playing practice rounds with him can be demoralizing, because you walk off feeling down on your own game when you see how he hits it. He's potentially the next Tiger Woods. He's that good. It's great to see him out there fulfilling his potential." -- Graeme McDowell

-- Compiled by Alex Myers

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