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What they said after round three of the U.S. Open
By Jim Brighters
Bethesda, MD (Sports Network) -
Players are practically falling over themselves trying to praise Rory McIlroy.
Padraig Harrington said he thought McIlroy would be the one who breaks Jack Nicklaus' major record of 18.
"Oh, Paddy, Paddy, Paddy," said McIlroy when told of Harrington's comments. "You know, I'm still looking for my first one. That's all I can say. I'm looking for my first one. I've put myself in a great position to do that tomorrow, and then we'll see what happens from there.
"As I said before this week, it's nice to have all these complimentary things said about you, but until you actually do these things, they don't mean anything."
Let's see what others are saying after the third round of the U.S. Open.
- Y.E. YANG, who is alone in second place, on his chances come Sunday: "I think it's actually a race for second place right now. I'll try and catch up with Rory as much as possible, as much as I can. But if he doesn't let go, it's going to be a race for second place."
- LEE WESTWOOD, a Ryder Cup teammate of McIlroy's and a man in second place, trying for his first major championship, speaking about McIlroy's struggles at Augusta: "You don't know what Rory's going to do. You don't know how he's going to deal with the pressure and deal with a big lead. He's had a big lead just recently in a major and didn't deal with it well. So there's a bit of pressure on him with regards to that. So we'll see. All I can do is control my game and try and shoot as low a score as possible for me."
- JASON DAY, 23, who is tied for second place, on what his co-runner-up finish at the Masters did for his confidence: "The way I finished at the Masters, obviously gave me a confidence boost coming into this event. But you don't want to come into this event thinking you're going to finish great just because of the Masters. Once you do that you're going to fall asleep and probably miss the cut. I wanted -- I didn't want to take it for granted and I wanted to come out here and give every shot a hundred percent."
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- GRAEME MCDOWELL, the defending champion and close friend of McIlroy, on the 22-year-old's potential: "For any kids sitting watching at home right now, he's playing golf the way it should be played, as far as his attitude and just the way he carries himself. He's going to be a great ambassador for the sport. Will he achieve what Tiger was doing around 2000, 15 major championships to date or whatever he's got? Can he be that good? Yeah, potentially. He's got that potential."
- LUKE DONALD, the world No. 1 playing his first major as No. 1, on whether or not is seven-over total is a result of the pressures of being the game's best: "There's certainly a little more pressure and more expectation. I certainly didn't feel actually nervous out there like I did any other tournament. I think it's been a busy few weeks."
- WEBB SIMPSON, whose 66 on Saturday included a penalty stroke at 13 for the ball moving after he addressed it on the green, which happened this year in New Orleans where he ultimately lost a playoff, and hitting his drive into a spectator's lap: "I've never had a ball end up in somebody's lap. It reminded me of Happy Gilmore. I addressed the ball and the ball moved about a half inch, quarter inch. It was kind of the same deal as New Orleans. It was unfortunate, but I think it really made me committed to try to finish strong and made a couple of good birdies coming in."
- PATRICK CANTLAY, the low amateur this week, on what this experience will mean when he turns professional after his graduation from UCLA: "I'll just be really confident and know that I can compete out here. I'll know what it's like to have played in the U.S. Open with the golf course and the fans and walking around with all the people. So I'll just be more confident and know what it's like."