William Pate, BellSouth vice president of advertising and public relations: "We don't give out the actual number, but it costs about $5 million to sponsor a PGA Tour event and we're right in that range."
Dave Kaplan, BellSouth tournament director: "We had five or six withdrawals before the tournament started. The top names were Stuart Appleby, Chris DiMarco and Luke Donald. I was surprised that we didn't have more. Three top 10 players-- Retief Goosen, Phil Mickelson and Stewart Cink--stayed around."
Chris DiMarco, to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "I love this tournament and this course, and it's usually a very good tune-up for me going into Augusta, but being the week it is, I want to make sure I'm rested. [And] I would lose Monday as a practice round."
Retief Goosen: "We've played in sleet a few times on the European tour, but Europe is not this bad. We never have weather like this for eight straight weeks."
Stuart Appleby: "With conditions what they turned out to be--cold, blowy, even snow and hail!--how was that going to help me? Physically, I would've been a mess."
Phil Mickelson: "When you don't have a chance to practice for a couple of days, I understand why some guys pull out. I like playing competitive golf to prepare for majors rather than practicing."
Rich Beem: "Guys skipping this event to go prepare for next week--are you kidding? This is the perfect course to set up for Augusta."
Goosen: "There are some advantages to playing in tough conditions. It looks as if we're going to play in weather again at Augusta. [Goosen smiles.] Although I don't think we're going to play preferred lies."
Appleby: "The Masters is a very important tournament. You don't want to jeopardize your chances. The sponsors understand that."
Mickelson: "The sponsor thanked us for staying? We should be thanking them for sticking with us. They couldn't entertain their clients on Sunday like they wanted to, but I get to play on Monday in a 54-hole event for a full purse."