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Wednesday
Nov092011

This Week In John Daly Boondogglery: "when you run out of balls u run out of balls"

John Daly appeared to intentionally pump balls into the 11th hole lake so that he could walk in from the Australian Open first round. From The Age quoting tournament director Trevor Herden:

‘He walked straight off the golf course. It’s very disappointing obviously, for the tournament.

‘‘I’m extremely bitter and disappointed. It’s becoming a bit of a habit.

‘‘It’s unacceptable (and) unprofessional.’’

Herden said it was unlikely Daly would ever be invited back to Australia.

The PGA of Australia issued this statement:

Statement from Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia

Thursday 10th November 2011

“The PGA Tour of Australasia confirms that no appearance fees were payable to John Daly for his appearance at the Emirates Australian Open or for his planned appearance at the Australian PGA Championship. This afternoon’s actions by Daly in withdrawing from the course constitute a breach of the PGA Tour of Australasia’s regulations and will be referred to the disciplinary committee as soon as practically possible. In view of that breach and a similar instance in Europe recently the PGA Tour of Australasia has withdrawn its offer to John Daly to play at the Australian PGA Championship.”

“The PGA does not need this kind of behaviour tarnishing the achievements of other players and the reputation of our tournaments. John is not welcome at Coolum.”

And after, Herden, the tournament director, was as blunt as anyone I've heard when talking about Daly. And much overdue:

Statement, comments by Trevor Herden on John Daly

Thursday 10 November 2011

Apparently he (Daly) hit his driver off 10 and hit it in the bunker. There was another ball in the bunker which we believe might have been from the practice range. He has played a wrong ball out of the bunker. He came back and played the proper ball, his ball. Then I believe he went down 11 and hit five or six balls in the water. I’m not exactly sure (how many). He walked straight off the golf course with his son beside him, got in a courtesy car and went straight back to the hotel. It is very disappointing for the tournament. It is certainly unprofessional. And I am extremely bitter and disappointed that he has treated this championship this way. It is becoming a bit of a habit. Something similar happened last week or the week before. It is unacceptable and I certainly hope that all the Tours deal with it in the appropriate manner this time. We are definitely disappointed in that attitude and that behaviour. It is unprofessional.

Why does he keep coming back here and take appearance money?

I’m not going to talk about appearance money but he likes to come back this time of the year to Australia. Obviously he is a major winner. We have to pay him some respect too. Even though time has moved on – don’t shake your head Stoney – he is still a major winner. He likes to come back. If he likes to play the Australian Open, we’ll have major winners. But I would say this is the last time we will see John Daly.

This is not the first time. Why do you keep inviting him?

He needs invites in a lot of cases. As I just said, he is a major winner. What I will say is that the Tours will deal with this. They need to deal with it. He is a Tour member, on the US Tour. On the European Tour I think he may have a status. They need to deal with this in the most serious fashion.

Can you explain the issue on 10? Was he penalised and upset about that?

No one is too happy to hit a wrong ball out of a bunker. So he gets a two-shot penalty.

He was not arguing with the penalty, was he?

No, no.

He has been suspended before. Are you saying he should be suspended?

I’m saying they should deal with it in the professional way needed. This brings all the other Tour players in the same boat. It is not a good light for all the other Tour players out here doing their best and playing the championship.

Starting with first round leader and cancer survivor Jarrod Lyle.

Daly's post round tweet:

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Reader Comments (15)

Over the past five years Daly has withdrawn from approximately 10 per cent of all tournaments entered. I was surprised - thought that stat would be a lot higher ... certainly must be in recent times.

His tweet is pathetic.

Good on the Aussies for withdrawing his invitation to the PGA. Let's hope the European Tour grow a pair and stop dishing invites out to this guy. He's ranked 600-something in the world. His time has gone. Give the spots to people who deserve them.
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChina Golfer
In any other sport the sort of egregious violations that have become all too much of a Daly patterns would have been dealt with a lot more severely. Good on the Australians for stating it in unfiltered English and straight up, and their attitude to his antics. And for pulling his appearance fees.
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKCMG
Priceless that JD didn't even notice the irony of his "when u run out of balls" tweet.
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJDF
You beat me to it, JDF...
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Without a doubt the weakest individual in any sport in the world, and by a country mile.
He's done here in Oz, at long last, but let's just hope the rest of the world's tours also say enough is enough and ban this quitter for life.
See ya, John.
11.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterWarren Dennis
I started hating JD during the '97 Open at Congressional, when he quit at the turn without even telling his caddie. I saw him on the way to the parking lot that day, not knowing what was going on. Being a former caddie I wasn't surprised to hear that his caddie that day was in a state of panic looking for Daly on the 10th tee.

Watching him self destruct over and over since then my hate turned to pity as it is clear that Daly has issues much deeper than being a quitter. You don't need to be a shrink to see that the man has problems well beyond the golf course.
I don't know what's Daly thinking about. He's done the same some weeks a go at the Austrian Open. If major tours suspend him or don't invite him anymore...........how is he going to live? Giving golf lessons at 30$ per hour?
PS: Pros play "condition one ball" I don't know if ha had no more balls left at his bag and, because of this, he knew he was DQ
PPS: Yes, I can imagine how his caddie must be feeling right now
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterStevieW
He's had more than enough 'chances'.
Time to pull the rug on all this.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchico
I honestly could never understand golf "fans" who supported Daly because "he is just like us". Any of those "fans" want to admit that "it would be just like me" to act the way Daly does? I don't even know of any freak show circus who would pay him appearance fees.
It's been a helluva run for JD but it appears that the jig is finally up...
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
When you run out of balls, you run out of balls?
Seems like we've known for a while now that John doesn't have any balls. No news here.

In any case, can somebody explain to me why he got a two shot penalty for playing a wrong ball out of a bunker? There's no penalty for playing a wrong ball out of a hazard, right?
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex H
Alex-sorry-you are wrong.
That was changed in the 2008 revision.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchico
@ chico - I retract my question after quickly reading up...how did that slip by me? Must be the advanced age...I had no idea you can now remove sand in a bunker to make sure that it's your ball.

In Kerry's words: Oops!
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex H
It's getting very creepy, and I don't know when or where it will end.
11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTufo
I am now officially not a JD fan...that could be one of the most disrespectful thing I've heard a pro golfer (especially considering where his career is currently going!!!!!) to do.

It's a shame, he's got more talent in one finger than some guys have in their whole body...so i'm not gonna hate on him, rather pity him from now on.
11.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

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