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"Surely John Daly has disgraced golf for the last time."

It's hard to fathom that John Daly could overshadow this Australian Open, what with its eye-popping course, star-studded field, quality leaderboard and huge fan turnout. But the actions suggest this might finally be the time Daly is retired from the sponsor-invite circuit.

Tim Rosaforte was out at The Lakes' 11th hole and paints a less-than-pretty picture:

With arm extended to his caddie after every shot, Daly began firing from approximately 230 yards until he was finally out of golf balls. Each shot became progressively worse, coming up 30 yards short and missing wide right by the same distance, Daly was 15 total strokes into the hole when he ripped the Velcro on his glove and walked to playing partners Hunter Mahan and Craig Parry, before leaving the course with 8-year-old son Patrick by his side.

"Once I saw two go in, I think the effort went down pretty fast," Mahan said.

Robert Lusetich explains why this WD--No. 30 in the modern era--may finally do Daly in

As usual, when the going got tough, John Daly gave up.

On the next hole, he pumped seven balls into the water — meaning he would have been hitting his 16th shot had he continued. The last ball he hit had no chance of finding land. Daly hit it into the middle of the lake.

And then he walked off, though he stopped to shake hands with his playing partners, Craig Parry and Hunter Mahan. Daly’s girlfriend later got into a pushing match with a photographer in the parking lot.

Mahan said he wouldn't think to act as Daly did. “It must be pretty freeing to do that; to say, 'I’m out and I’m going to get rid of these balls as well,'” he said. “. . . It's not the most respectful thing to do.”

Bob Harig with the final word on Daly's latest run of poor behavior:

It's just another notch in a golf rap sheet that would be nearly impossible to list for Daly, who has been fined repeatedly. A PGA Tour personnel file for Daly that was released in 2010 as part of a lawsuit showed that he had been cited 11 times for "conduct unbecoming a professional,'' as well as 21 times for "failure to give best effort.''

He nailed both this time.

In his past eight tournaments, Daly, 45, has now withdrawn three times and missed four cuts. He has not finished among the top 125 money winners on the PGA Tour since 2005 and his best performance since then was 187th this year.
In the last decade, he's withdrawn from more than two dozen tournaments on the PGA Tour.

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All true, but he was in the running at the China event recently, and at the Open, he was the best putter the first two days, and had a good following. I think the PGA should just ban him, and then he'll still be welcome in the UK and around the world, because 'everyone loves a freak.'
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim in Hoylake
What a criminal waste of a huge talent. Unlike many I don't like to ogle at guys pressing the self-destruct button. I don't think it adds to the gaiety of nations, it's too painful. Tournaments and Associations need to cut him a lot less slack - if they do him a favour then good, if not and he disappears completely from tournament golf then someone who wants it can take is place. Win-win.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterbs
He is a sick pup, with issues far deeper than being a quitter on the golf course.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterFan
Only 5 more years before he can start getting fined on the senior tour.........I bet he is looking forward to the fresh start........
Don't forget to blame tournament organizers for inviting him in the first place. It's not as though this is new territory we're venturing into.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Smith
what a freakin loser...the argument that he draws fans..well, does golf really want those people??
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
Daly was likely upset by the sun being blocked out by landing 747s every 2 minutes.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterOdd Job
His mental health has never been good and he is an alchololic.

It doesn't make him a freak - these problems are common in society.

It is his golf talent that is the unusual aspect and that casts onto a stage where we see problems that are common to a lot of people.

That said, he behavior is very disrespectful to fellow players and torunament organizers/volunteers. So it is probably time for him to leave the game.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarky Mark
Interesting "freeing" quote by Hunter Mahan...

Marky Mark, nice synopsis.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
@Del -

I agree re: the "freeing" quote ... that part stuck with me too. Now can I get some kudos on my 25-1 winning wager on Tom Lehman winning Champions Tour money title??!? :) I'm still riding high from watching Calcacecchia NOT screw me out of my 10-month long futures wager. :)

Oh ... and JD looks so damn angry on the course. Even when he's making birdies he looks ultra-chapped. Maybe the lap-band is cinched too tight.

11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiquidKaos
Can't wait for the Daly sycophants to weigh in and accuse the golf establishment of not liking him because he's "real." Uh-huh. As if the players who keep trying when they're not playing well are phonies.

If Daly needs a job, it seems to me he'd be better than just about anybody the Golf Channel employs as an analyst. The only question is, could he make it through an entire segment without walking off the set?
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMJS
Very sad - I actually was able to follow him in a tournament years ago. His short game skills rivalled Phils.
I can't think of another athelete who has done more to waste a God given talent.

11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commentermainuh
It is sad. John is a nice guy and a great talent. When people give you opportunity after opportunity why not respect them? What is it that is going on inside? Why the contempt? Someone needs to help him in my opinion. There is something serious going on there and I hope he gets the help that is needed. There are a lot of guys who would respect the oportunities and I hope that John either cleans up his act or others get his opportunities. I would love to see John do well in life firstly then in golf secondly. I'll keep my fingers crossed for him.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim
The extent of John Daly's self-centeredness knows no bounds. Last year he complains that the US Tour is failing to give him the sponsor exemptions "he deserved." So what happens? He's invited and YET AGAIN completes another petulant display that 1) confirms the fact that he's a Human Train Wreck 2) Completely distracts attention from the actual golf tournament 3) Highlights the suspicion that Tournament Directors are spineless sheep concerning only about attracting another handful of fans to affect the bottom line.

This is no "crime," (See: Jerry Sandusky) but the loser is the vastly more deserving player who DID NOT receive Daly's invitation. You know, the talented kid who would have stayed for at least two rounds -- no matter how he was playing. But seriously, why is this even news... why is anyone shocked? I won't look up the numbers but John Daly is a serial QUITTER because he does it over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

Shame on us for paying this disgrace even one second of future attention.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
former stack and tilter
and Marky Mark Well said.

Cries for help come in many forms, unfortunately some never understand when they are making those cries for help.

A sad and aggravating story
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterfatgoalie
MJS, have you ever met John Daly? Anyone that feels some compassion for him is a "sycophant"? Why so much anger dude?

There's no justifying Daly's actions, period. But the guy has problems that need professional help, to a degree some of this behaviour is kind of out of his control.

I don't feel the least bit sorry for the tournament. They knew exactly what the odds were, rolled the dice, and lost. If anything I'd like to see some enterprising reporter put a detailed analysis of Daly's track record of getting DG'd on paper, present it to the tournament director, and then ask the T.D. to justify his decision to award John a spot in the field.

There's one, and only one, reason, why they did -- they thought they could make money off of him.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
Y'all do realize John's Official World Golf Ranking today, right...


I kid you not
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commentergolfboy
People have tried to help JD...Ely Callaway comes to mind. How many others? Sad and aggravating indeed.
He seems depressed and getting very chubby again. He should be a golf announcer instead.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTufo
He has big problems, but the bigger is that he doesn't want help
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterStevieW
Probably not very self aware other than impulses. JD's not a Jeopardy watcher. Needs professional help of non-PGA variety.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
I read somewhere today that Daly has withdrawn from 27 sanctioned events since 2000. 27!
I'm sure many were 'injury' related; the frequency of injuries having an alarming correlation to the score he's shooting.
I get he's a big mess, but when athletes just quit, it really burns me. I get an involuntary sneer on my face. Compete wholeheartedly or get out of the sport.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
dbh, so given that track record shouldn't the anger really be directed at the tournament director?

With that kind of track record what kind of moron takes a valuable playing spot and just hands it out like that?

It's kind of like slow play, clearly the Tour condones it and has no intention of curbing it. Don't get mad at Crane and Webb, get mad at the tour for allowing it.

Same with Daly. "Enablers" is a term thrown around here a lot, get mad at the enablers that continue to provide Daly with playing spots. Seriously, lets get all worked up into a Steiny Lather and focus that anger/energy on Trevor Herden -- let's get that guy!!

Writers like Bob Harig have no analytical skills whatsoever. We know the car crashed, and that this model has had problems with crashes before...go analyze the situation and tell us what has to change to keep it from crashing again.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
the sickest thing is his eight year old son was right there to watch his father make a fool of himself...wonder what that poor kid is thinking..
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterrb
This is a detail... what kind of caddy fails to keep enough golf balls in the bag for his man? The bag's 40 pounds anyway, throw in another three dozen and there's no chance of losing them all.

Or is that beside the point.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim
@Del, as a preface, I have no idea what a 'Steiny lather' is, so I may be missing something. :)
In answer to your questions, I'd offer a general 'no'.

Mainly based on the TD's comments.
He sounds seriously PO'd which leads me to believe there was some intense 'quid pro quo' talk that went down before the invite.
I think he 'rolled the dice' in good faith and JD didn't live up to the bargain (for the umpteenth time).
This is a country's national championship. It's not the Podunk Open. Show a little respect.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
PGA at a Dye Course
Open at St. Andrews

Suck it Fred and Davis and Corey.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterhighside
27 previous DQ's and Trevor's gonna take J.D's word this event won't be his 28th?

Rolled the dice, lost.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
John Daly and his schtick are boring, we shouldn't even be wasting time talking about him.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Australian Golf Union runs the Aussie Open I believe.

Not certain that Trevor Herden would have been the giver" of the exemption this week??? Could have,
but back in the 'ol days the AGU (and IMG?) made those calls.

My experience with Mr Herden was of a no BS guy.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterfatgoalie
upon further review, my above post is incorrect in many ways
My experiences years ago fogged my ability to read up on current status!!
Going back to sleep, nothing to see here
11.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterfatgoalie
fatgoalie, not saying Herden is a bad guy. But he's doing a lot of whining, inappropriately in my opinion. In effect he made a deal with the devil and it cost him. He's a big boy, deal with it. Accept blame and admit that it was a bad idea in the first place.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
FWIW, Daly got screwed on #9 or #10 when he hit a bunker shot (around the green) and it turned out to be a range ball (it was reported) and not his ball. Now Ive been sick and I am not totally up on the rules, but I believe hat you are no longer allowed to pick up your ball in a hazard to identify it, but if you hit the wrong ball , there is no penalty. Daly was charged with a penalty, and then lipped out a comebacler for another stroke. This put him 7 over par. I guess he just said ''eff it'', yet again.

I am not defending JD, just trying to add to the events that lead up to the tin cupping.

JD is as nice a guy as you can meet; you have to hope he gets a friend, a doctor, an angel, or someone to help bring him some peace.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I'm having a difficult time assigning fault to the tournament director. He was going to have a strong field with or without Daly, yet he still gave the guy a sponsor's exemption. Obviously he knew about the history, but maybe he thought this could be the week Daly finally shaped up and became a relevant player again.

And then Daly all but slapped the tournament director in the face by quitting in the middle of the first round. The blame for this fiasco rests with Daly, and no one else.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMJS
As far as the Tournament's 'fault' in booking JD in with his history.... all one has to do is look at the pre tournament ads, including TV and radio.....

Any of you natives up to the task, or Geoff, do you have a link into the media over there, and a rundown on their ads? Is JD featured?

Don't misunderstand. I am not assessing any blame on the tournament, but I also think they are showing a ''it's not my fault'' type of covering their arse.

John needs real help. Not a lot of finger pointing: The tournament knew they could have a situation like this, and they could have been bigger in the humanity department.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Marky Mark the John Daly apologist. Playing golf will not help Daly with his problems, but will only serve to fuel his inner anger. As an alcoholic, Daly has deeper problems and has used alcohol as a way of avoiding having to confront the real issues he has.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBuffett
Its November--no more events til jan, and those events are popular with the players. So JD prob cant get another sponsor exemption 'til march or so. So no cash coming in. Also, tough to sell hats and headcovers without a start.

I smell a divorce in the next few months.
11.12.2011 | Unregistered Commentersmails
"...maybe he thought this could be the week Daly finally shaped up and became a relevant player again."

MJS, what could have possibly made the tourney director think that?
11.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk

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