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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2007, 20:48 GMT 21:48 UK
Open quotes of the day
By Matt Slater and Rob Hodgetts
BBC Sport at Carnoustie

Sergio Garcia
Garcia didn't need any hugs from mummy this time round

"Most improved, I guess."
Sergio Garcia reflects on an opening 65 compared to his first-round 89 when the Open was last at Carnoustie in 1999.

"She just said very well done and well played."
Sergio Garcia sidesteps a curve-ball alluding to the fact that his 19-year-old self was in tears as he retreated to his mother for comfort eight years ago.

"Vijay has been telling me for a year or two to do it but I haven't been listening."
Garcia again, only this time he's talking about his conversion to the belly putter.

"I dropped a little worse, actually."
Tiger Woods received an unusual free drop after his ball came to rest against TV cables. But he would say that, wouldn't he?

"When you birdie the first two holes in the Open, it's a great buzz."
Paul McGinley explains why there isn't a drugs problem in golf.

"I've got those tea bags in my pocket, too."
Paul McGinley confesses to some petty pilfering from the breakfast buffet. Either that, or the mitten-wearer is explaining how else he counters cold hands.

"On the first tee I didn't feel my best, I'll be honest enough to say that."
Unsung Paul Lawrie, winner in 1999, was handed the feature group with defending champion Tiger Woods and English hope Justin Rose. What's to be nervous about?

"After three holes I didn't know whether to laugh, cry, shoot my caddie or shoot myself."
England's David Howell gives the merest of hints of dissatisfaction with a bogey, bogey, double bogey start.

"You're probably all surprised aren't you?"
Former US Open champion Michael Campbell shows a nice line in self-deprecation after a couple of lean years since his major win at Pinehurst.

"The mistake I made was making winning a major my ultimate goal. I was talking to a psychologist and he said it's like climbing Mt Everest. Once you reach the top, you're only halfway there."
Michael Campbell, this time tapping into the mantra that it's sometimes better to travel than arrive.

"When we started it was raining and cold and we had waterproofs on. All of a sudden a bit of sun comes out and we took our tops off and thought, 'oops. Snap'."
Michael Campbell again - he's proving rather good value, don't you think? - on the pink parade he shared with Darren Clarke.

"The first time in 1998 British Open the first tee announce, 'Kung Choi'. It's Kyoung-Ju. It's very difficult. So the next day my idea is KJ Choi. So easy."
KJ Choi, obviously, explaining, probably even more obviously, how he got his nickname.

"This is icing on the gravy."
Lucas Glover went from first alternate to shooting level-par 71 to be right in contention.

"I love playing in the oldest championship in golf. I love everything about it, except my record."
We always like to include an American raving about the Open, so thank you, Stewart Cink.



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