Masters 2015: best final-round quotes

Jordan Spieth on his mindset and goals, Tiger Woods performs on-course surgery

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015
Masters 2015: best final-round quotes

Jordan Spieth

On the film he watched on Saturday night:

"It was Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and it was on TV. I think one of the greatest movies in the world.  Excited that it came on and had a few laughs, takes your mind off anything that's happening, and that was great."

On the thumbs-up he gave Justin Rose after the Englishman's magical chip on the seventh:

"It's a game of integrity.  There's no referees out there.  We all respect each other."

On his mental approach to the final round:

"There's a lot of time to think.  That's the toughest part. I texted Michael [his caddie] this morning and said, 'I want us to get to 20 under'. I want us to be focused on that. Then when we got out there and Phil had dropped a shot or two and Justin was in second by one or two shots, I almost wanted to then shift and play matchplay. That kept my head off of anything else that was going on; the lead." 

On his par-saving putt on 16:

"I would call that the biggest putt I've ever hit in my life."

On when it dawned he would win:

"It didn't creep into my mind that I had won the tournament until I hit that second shot on 18 and walked up there.  And I said to Michael before we walked up to that chip, I said, "Mike, I think we just did it." He says, 'No, you haven't yet.  Don't say that.  Just go up there and hit the chip'.  That was perfect.  That's what he should say there."

On the importance of his Australian Open win in November:

"That could arguably be one of the best wins that I've ever had.  I would obviously call this one the greatest win I've ever had - no offence." 

On realising his Masters dream:

"I'll never forget watching the front of the hole as the last tap-in went in the front edge.  There was no need for crazy celebrations.  At that point I was just really, really pleased with the whole week, being out on top, being able to stay on top and to conquer my favorite tournament in the world." 

Looking forward:

"The ultimate goal that I have mentioned I think each week is try to become the number one player in the world."

Justin Rose

On the champion:

"Jordan didn't really open the door and I didn't really expect him to. He was clutch with the putter again."

On the 16th:

"Really the one time on the back nine where it got interesting for me was the 16th hole. I felt that if I make it and Jordan misses, a potential two-shot swing, and I'm two back with two to play.  And obviously from that point, yeah, it's game on."

Phil Mickelson

On his 10th runner-up finish in majors:

"It was just a good, solid round of golf. I needed something exceptional."

On his score:

"The fact is, I would have taken 14 under at the start of the week .I played really well to shoot 14 under and I simply got outplayed by a young player who just played some incredible golf."

Rory McIlroy

On his performance:

"I played well. I can take a lot of positives from it. It is my best ever finish here."

On where he lost it:

"I got it in in red numbers.  Just the start on Friday was really what killed me." 

On his score:

"If someone had told me I'd finish 12-under at the start of the week, I would have taken it and sat back and seen where I finished."

Tiger Woods

On the injury he sustained when hitting from the pine straw on the ninth:

"A bone kind of popped out and the joint kind of went out of place, but I put it back in."

On his performance following the two-month break:

"Well, considering where I was at Torrey and Phoenix, to make the complete swing change and rectify all the faults and come here to a major championship and contend, I'm proud of that part of it." 

On his future:

"I have a little time off, and go back to the drawing board, work on it again, and refine what I'm doing.  I really like what I'm doing, I got my distance back, and everything is good." 

Bubba Watson

On almost getting an albatross on the second:

"I hit a good tee shot.  I liked it off the tee.  Got down there, I was just in between a six iron and five iron.  I was waiting for this gust of wind.  So then we went with a five iron and I hit it perfect." 

On the US Open at Chambers Bay:

"Again, if they set it up firm and fast it's going to be a British Open.  Because there's no trees."

Ian Poulter

On his performance:

"I hit lots of greens in regulation over the weekend - 32 greens in regulation, which is comfortably better than the field.  Tee to green I put it in position better than anyone, and even over four days as well." 

On where it went wrong:

"So frustrating with how hard I worked on my short game.  I pride myself on having a great short game, but probably seven attempts this week for missed greens cost me a lot of shots."