MATCH PLAY: SEEN AND HEARD, TOO

2010-02-19T00:00:00Z MATCH PLAY: SEEN AND HEARD, TOO Arizona Daily Star
February 19, 2010 12:00 am

What they're saying

Golfers have been bombarded with questions about Tiger Woods' "news" conference, which is at 9 a.m. today in Florida. Here's a look at some of the most colorful responses:

• " He might mention me - 'Good win for Luke, and good to see Tim Clark still winning after beating me here last year,' and that kind of stuff." - Luke Donald

• "To tell you the truth, I'm not really interested, because I think for me it's passed already. I'm looking forward to seeing him back on Tour, and seeing him playing. That's what we love doing, watching the best player in the world play golf." - Sergio Garcia

• "Will I watch the press conference? I don't know. I'll probably be playing with my kids, to be honest." - Ben Crane

• "I'll be on the course, so I don't really care. It will be interesting. I'm sure everyone will enjoy being there, but I'd rather him be playing this week than listening to him in a press conference." - Oliver Wilson

• "I don't turn the 'telly' on in the morning before a round of golf. To be honest with you, I have work to do tomorrow. I'll do my work, and then I'll relax tomorrow afternoon." - Ian Poulter

Really?

Driving to the golf course early Thursday morning, we spotted prisoners in orange jumpsuits with an Arizona Department of Corrections logo cleaning up the side of Tangerine Road.

We like a clean road - who doesn't? - but couldn't the timing have been better? In front of every out-of-town guest driving to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain? Prisoners? Really?

A gimme

Crane said that, on Wednesday, first-round opponent Henrik Stenson hinted he could withdraw five minutes before the two began playing. Stenson, the 2007 Match Play champion, withdrew after the first hole because of the flu.

"I didn't kiss him," Crane joked, "but I did talk to him."

After being gifted the first-round win, Crane defeated Y.E. Yang, 3 and 2, on Thursday.

Crane actually played the first nine holes Wednesday in his usual spot, by himself. He said the crowd playfully oohed and ahhed at his shots.

"Was that the quickest victory in match play history?" he said. "Yes. Hard to be faster."

March Madness?

Compose a bracket with 64 participants, and it's hard to avoid the March Madness comparisons.

But Nick Watney, a Sacramento-born Fresno State graduate, said not to compare the outcomes.

"It's definitely different than the NCAA basketball tournament," he said. "There's a pretty big disparity (there) between a 1 and a 16 seed."

New stuff

Geoff Ogilvy looked a little different this week - and not just because he lost. The Aussie arrived at Match Play with two new sponsors, Titleist and FootJoy. Ogilvy swung Cobra clubs, wore a distinctive black-and-copper Cobra hat and sported Puma shoes during his three previous Match Play appearances in Southern Arizona.

He switched sponsors when he was unable to extend an agreement with Cobra over the summer, and when Puma dropped him to focus on up-and-coming American golfer Rickie Fowler.

Ogilvy now wears a black Titleist hat, swings Titleist clubs and wears FootJoy shoes and gloves. The new garb didn't help him Thursday, when he fell to Camilo Villegas.

The big number

14 Hour time difference between Tucson and Thongchai Jaidee's home in Thailand. Highlights come on there at 2 or 3 a.m., he said.

Compiled by Patrick Finley and Ryan Finley

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