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Golf Channel Notable Quotes
Golf Central Live From the Masters
Friday, April 7, 2017 (primetime)
Augusta National Golf ClubAugusta, Ga.

On Friday’s second round at the MastersBrandel Chamblee –“Everywhere you look, a big story is waiting to happen for the weekend.”David Duval –“It is wide open going into the weekend.”Rich Lerner –“Shopping in the regular guy section is Charley Hoffman and another solid player, William McGirt, who looks more the part of a professional bowler than modern professional golfer. And if he [McGirt] knocks down the kingpins – and there are some big ones in play – he’d be one of the sport’s improbable champions, and an excellent talk show guest.”

On Sergio Garcia, co-leader at 4-under par (3-under par 69 on Friday)Lerner –“Here we go again heading to the weekend asking, will Sergio Garcia win his first major?”Chamblee –“Over the last four of five years, he has become the best driver on the PGA TOUR.”Frank Nobilo –“He has tempted us for the last 20 years. Time and time again he has been there.”Duval –“He may not win the golf tournament, but I don’t foresee him beating himself this weekend.”Lerner –“There’s a new narrative that Sergio’s at peace, in love, in a better place and better suited to be in the Green Jacket Sunday night. We’ll see.”

On Rickie Fowler, co leader at 4-under par (5-under par 67 on Friday)Duval –“Rickie Fowler looks like he might be primed and ready to take one down this weekend.”Duval –“100 rounds for Rickie Fowler, never atop the leaderboard at a major. Now he is.”Duval –“Rickie is probably one of the best foul weather American players, and he has proved that in the past couple of days.”Duval –“We are seeing the maturation of a great young player.”Chamblee –“Great driving is sometimes undervalued here at Augusta, but it has paid huge dividends for Fowler during the first couple of rounds.”Chamblee –“Nobody anymore doubts that Rickie Fowler is going to be a huge, huge star.”

On Charley Hoffman, co-leader at 4-under par (3-over par 75 on Friday)Arron Oberholser –“He is going to be nervous come Saturday, but he also will go into tomorrow with confidence, knowing that he rescued himself during the second round.”Oberholser –“As long as he continues to believe, stays out of his own way and stays calm, cool and collected, he has a chance to hang in there this weekend.”

On Thomas Pieters, co-leader at 4-under par (4-under par 68 on Friday)Chamblee –“He made some fantastic saves yesterday and today. You are not supposed to have this kind of experience at age 25, but he does, and the talent to go with it.”

On Fred Couples, T6 at 1-under par (2-under par 70 on Friday)Duval –“He is just the ageless wonder here at Augusta National and the Masters tournament.”Frank Nobilo –“It takes a lot to get him off the couch. It is Riviera and it is here. If Freddie gets up to play, he’ll be alright.”

On Jordan Spieth, T10 at even par (3-under par 69 on Friday)Chamblee –“Today he was trying to claw his way back into this championship, and he did just that.”Duval –“Jordan Spieth, hats off to him. There is no give up, no quit. He is lurking.”

-NBC Sports Group-