The Loop

What they said Sunday at the U.S. Open

June 19, 2011

The best quotes from the final round at Congressional:

"Obviously I have a lot of commitments, photos and interviews and everything. But it will probably take a little bit of time to sink in. But just to sit here, knowing that I've just won that trophy and following in the footsteps of one of my best friends, Graeme McDowell, last year at Pebble, you know, it's a great feeling." -- Rory McIlroy

"I have to tweet it. I've waited all week to do this." -- Rory McIlroy on tweeting a picture of the U.S. Open trophy

"Yeah, it's pretty cool. You can tell that Rory has had this type of talent in him for some time now, and to see him putting it together is pretty neat to see." -- Phil Mickelson

"He comes from a background where his parents gave up a lot for him to do what he's doing, and I think he still knows where he came from and appreciates that. He's very good with the fans, and it's very good for the game." -- Luke Donald

"It's going to slow down right now, I think. My caddie and I are going to have a beer now and chill out before our flight tonight. I've got a week off to do very little. There won't be much practice done, I don't think. I'll take it easy for at least a few days and then start up again because I've got a big tournament coming up the week after." -- Robert Rock

"No, I don't think anybody was thinking of letting him get away with it's not like anybody is close. I wasn't close." -- Padraig Harrington

"I think it started with Padraig, that was the British Open and the PGAs, they gave us at least the belief that we can win here in America, as well." -- Martin Kaymer

"It feels great to be this close to the leaders, or maybe not the leader but to second place, at least." -- Johan Edfors

"It's pretty spectacular what he's done. It looks like he's playing a different course. He's played four rounds of what I've just had in the last. He's having one of those weeks that things are going, and he's really handling it very well." -- Charl Schwartzel

"Golf is pretty cool. It takes you to some cool spots. I'm just going to keep having fun and try and play as good I can. Words can't describe how much fun this week has been." -- Patrick Cantlay

"He's got a great swing, he hits it a long way. He's got a great short game. It's probably what makes him that good is having that good a temperament, for a 22 year old to come out and perform well in every major, shows good character." -- Louis Oosthuizen

"I think we're learning that you can compete on both ends of the age spectrum. You have Tom Lehman probably playing as good of golf as anyone in the world right now. You have Matteo Manassero winning golf tournaments at 18, 19 years old. I think the golf ball doesn't know how old you are. I think it's a matter of competing and good golf is going to be good golf no matter what level you're playing it." -- Kevin Chapel

"I think you can give Seve a lot of credit; Seve and Bernhard Langer, for letting the Europeans realize that they can work hard and come over here and compete with the Americans. The world is a smaller place. So I think we're going to have to get used to it." -- Davis Love III

"Obviously it's my first U.S. Open. Very excited that I finished second. I'm not going to go home and cry because I got whooped." -- Jason Day

"No, you never know. You never know. But I thought yesterday was a very good round for him to go out there and shoot 3 under after everything that everybody said and everybody reminded him about Augusta, about the British and stuff. So I think it was nice to see him overcoming all that. And then as soon as he started well today, you could see that he was feeling comfortable." -- Sergio Garcia

"He's been knocking on the door. It's amazing he's only ever won three tournaments the amount of time he gets into contention. Maybe this will give him that impetus to go forward and win more often." -- Lee Westwood

-- Compiled by Alex Myers

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