When he rocketed into our consciousness one year ago in what has become the historic Four Days at Crooked Stick, neither he, nor golf, was ready for such a happening. He arrived at the championship in the dead of night as the eighth reserve, found a bed, but could not sleep as he had a first round to play and a caddie to find. The one advantage to such a hectic start was that he had not heard the world's greatest players describe Crooked Stick, in suburban Indianapolis, as unplayable.
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Daly is known primarily for his driving distance off the tee earning him the nickname "Long John"his non- country club appearance and attitude, his exceptionally long backswing, the inconsistency of his play with some exceptional performances and some controversial incidentsand his personal life. His two greatest on-course accomplishments are his "zero to hero" victory in the PGA Championshipand his playoff victory over Costantino Rocca in the Open Championship. In addition to his wins on U.
Last week, John Daly was taken to a county jail in North Carolina after police were summoned and found him outside a Hooters "extremely intoxicated and uncooperative. True story. It's available in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, if you're interested.
You have to feel for John Daly. Here, after all, is a simple guy from the country who wants nothing more than a quiet life but, for whatever unlikely reason, can never seem to find one. Ever since he came from nowhere to win the PGA Champion- ship at Crooked Stick inhis has been a career characterised by calamity and sandblasted with scandal.
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The hit occurred during the "fairway blitz" that opens each round of arena golf, in which competitors are released from the starting cage and must run across the entire stadium to retrieve their clubs from the lofted, foot-high tee area. As Daly climbed to the top of the platform and reached for a driver, Duval reportedly wheeled and blindsided him with a five-iron he had acquired moments earlier, sending the PGA Championship winner sprawling down to the turf. According to sources, Daly was also treated for several minor bruises and lacerations sustained when competitors drove balls at the golfer's stomach and legs as he lay dazed on the fairway.