NOTABLE QUOTES – HERO WORLD CHALLENGE, SUNDAY’S FINAL ROUND ON NBC

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NBC Notable Quotes
Hero World Challenge
Final Round, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
Albany Resort, Albany, Bahamas

On Hideki Matsuyama, 2016 Hero World Challenge winner at 18-under par (1-over par 73 on Sunday)
David Feherty – “It is a difficult lead to defend, because you do end up defending it.”
Feherty – “This has been an absorbing afternoon of golf. Interesting to see the gap close and human nature taking over.”
Dan Hicks – “Are we looking at the next great player?”
Hicks – “His fourth win in his last five events. Just an incredible run to close out the year.”

Hideki Matsuyama speaking with NBC’s Steve Sands following his victory
Matsuyama – “I played very, very well until today. Today I struggled a little bit.”

On Henrik Stenson, runner-up at 16-under par (4-under par 68 on Sunday)
Hicks – “Hats off to Stenson for giving Matsuyama a run today.”
Feherty – “Absolutely. This is the end of a longer afternoon than what it was meant to be.”
Hicks – “A career year this year at the age of 40.”

Jordan Spieth (T6 at 11-under par) speaking with NBC’s with Steve Sands following his round
Jordan Spieth – “All in all I had a few chip ins, a couple of eagles, some double bogeys. It was a little all over the place this week. But a solid finish to the year and a good year at that.”
Spieth – “When I look back on ’16, I look back on a really solid season. Now I have three full years and a half year where I can start to see trends in my game, trends in my preparation for weeks, and start to really fine tune how I’m practicing and when I’m spending the most time and when I’m taking breaks. It was really good. It was a solid year. Three wins and that awesome Ryder Cup win. That was a lot of fun to be a part of. If you told me this was the end of ‘16, sure I would have liked it to be a little more like 15, but I feel very confident about what’s coming. ‘17 should be a fun year. I’ll be a little more patient with everything and just another year under my belt.”

On Tiger Woods, 15th at 4-under par (4-over par 76 on Sunday)
Feherty – “Considering he hasn’t played for 466 days, he has got to be heartened by this week. Really has looked very good at times.”
Hicks – “Little bit of everything from Tiger this week.”
Feherty – “He has had the best and the worst of it this week.”

Tiger Woods speaking with NBC’s Steve Sands following his final round
Tiger Woods – “I think it was a great week to be back. Playing again and competing and playing against the best players in the world. Unfortunately I made a lot of mistakes this week. I made a lot of birdies but also made a lot of mistakes.”
Woods – “I made some poor decisions, missed the ball in some wrong spots and quite frankly it feels a little weird not to play in a cart. So, it is a little different and getting used to that and getting my legs back and getting my body back and focusing for a long period of time. These are all things that I missed for about a year and a half.”
Woods – “I made some birdies this week which was nice. I was playing aggressive. This golf course allows one to be aggressive, but I also made some bad mistakes…three doubles today just adds up to a pretty high number. On the flip side is that I was able to be aggressive and make some birdies and make some putts. I just need to balance it out.”
Woods – “This part of it, getting back to this point has tested me beyond than anything that I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime. The pain, the issues that I had, it was just rough. To battle back, to battle through it and to have the friends I’ve had who have supported and helped me through it. Quite frankly there was some pretty dire times there where I just couldn’t move. I don’t know if anyone has had back issues like that where you just lay there and can’t move. Those are scary times.”