SAN DIEGO (AP)—John Daly missed another cut and said Friday he was done withgolf.
Whether that meant for the rest of the West Coast swing or the rest of hiscareer would not be determined until the two-time major champion stopped goingto PGA Tour events.John Daly sinks his final putt…
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Early Saturday, Daly said on Twitter that he wasn’t retiring.
“Never said retirement in anything or twitter-i want to correct that!simply sayin I need my time & working through these bad times thank you,” thetweet said.
Daly shot 71 at Torrey Pines and missed the cut by nine shots. Stopped inthe parking lot by a crew from Golf Channel, which is filming his reality show,Daly said in a series of clipped responses, “I’m done. … I can’t compete. …Just can’t play like I used to.”
Early Saturday, Daly thanked his fans in a two-part message on Facebook andclaimed he wasn’t financially able to continue on the tour.on my game, I’m putting too much pressure on myself, the few sponsors that Ihave are great but it’s not getting me thru these times—,” the first part ofthe message read.
He continued: “i want to thank my fans throughout all these years & I don’tlike to continue to embarass myself— maybe my mind may change down the road butright now i don’t have the money to be on the tour. My game has never been thesame since my rib injury during the Honda Classic in 2007. God Bless! JD”
About an hour later, Daly clarified his position on Twitter.
It was the second time in six months Daly has said he was retiring. Hethreatened to quit after shooting 88 in the Buick Open last summer, although hisswing coach attributed that to rapid weight loss. Daly went on to play four moretimes.
Golf Channel has been promoting a reality show starring Daly that is todebut in March. Daly is scheduled to play in two weeks at Pebble Beach, and hehas received a sponsor’s exemption to the Transitions Championship outsideTampa, Fla., in March.
“We haven’t heard from him,” said Gerald Goodman, the Transitionstournament director. “I wouldn’t anticipate that to happen. I’m sure he wasfrustrated.”
Daly has missed the cut in both his PGA Tour starts this year.