Circulation Spike for Daly News
The latest was a video of Daly playing golf in jeans without shirt or shoes. That was followed by Daly claiming his ex-instructor Butch Harmon had apologized for calling him a drunk. Which was followed by a vehement denial from Harmon.
Without further ado:
Mike writes: John Daly is an alcoholic and if he doesn't quit drinking soon, he will be broke, friendless and no longer welcome in polite society. Demon rum takes no prisoners and good old John is on his way to a park bench, clutching his beer can in a brown paper bag.
Daly hasnt been welcome in polite society for a long time now. Which, in and of itself isnt necessarily a bad thing. What is a bad thing is the direction in which Dalys life seems to be spiraling.
Steve writes: Honestly, the John Daly saga has come to an end. I always loved JD, but his on and off course antics have been just too much. Now this latest shirtless episode has really messed him well. What major sponsor with any integrity would want to pay him big $$$$$ to play (I mean withdraw) in their tournament. Maybe Boo's the man now, and JD is a little jealous of that.
John Daly remains the Paul Bunyan of golf. Boo Weekley is the Lil Abner. If John Daly should be jealous of anybody, it would be himself 20 years ago before he had squandered all his massive golf talents.
Larry writes: John Daly is a bum and should have been removed from the TOUR a long time ago. He presents a terrible image for others, especially kids.
Frankly, I dont think John Daly has much in him for todays kids to identify with. The damaging image is more for the adults over the age of 25 who never grew up.
Ben writes: Now it all makes sense. Why wear a shirt, hat and shoes embroidered with a company logo that no longer endorses you? Its possible John was protesting that fact, by playing without shoes and a shirt, or he was advertising his available space.
Never thought Id see that much of John Daly. Never really thought about it at all. Was surprised there werent a few tattoos.
Robert writes: At the end of the movie A River Runs Through It, the minister asks the question: Why are the ones who need help the most the ones who won't accept it? (Might not be the exact wording but it is close). From Ely Callaway to Butch Harmon, assistance and second chances have gone out to John Daly and he has sabotaged these offerings with trashy and bizarre behavior. He had a spot at the highest level of competitive golf and he wasted it. Let him go back and qualify for the Nationwide Tour if he can post the scores.
John Daly will be doing long-ball exhibitions at county fairs before you will find him playing the Nationwide Tour. One day Daly makes us all angry because of what he has wasted. The next day he makes us feel sorry for him because he doesnt have a mean bone in his body and his tragic flaw is that he doesnt know how to reach out for meaningful help.
Juggy writes: Everyone playing golf can't be a Tiger. There are a lot more of us who play just to unwind and have fun with our old friends. John is a hero to us because its all about having fun, not being another unhappy millionaire, for which there are a lot. When a sport becomes work, it has lost its appeal to a lot of us.
Some good points there, Juggy. Im just not sure John is smiling on the inside right now. The only thing worse than an unhappy millionaire is an unhappy ex-millionaire.
Neal writes: Those pictures and videos of John Daly without his shirt are truly disgusting and disturbing. I'm 44 years old and have played golf for over 35 years and never once would I ever consider playing golf without my shirt or even in jeans. John Daly is the biggest lowlife, low rent, trailer-living, white-trash jerk I ever seen. I was always raised to believe that golf was a gentleman's game. Thats what separates golf from all other sports. Guys like John Daly just bring the game down. I've never belonged to a private club and have played the local municipal courses all my life and I see idiots that emulate John Daly and it sickens me. John Daly may have a good heart, but he is a chronic liar who needs to grow up but that will never happen. I guess the world loves to see a train wreck and there is no bigger train wreck than him.
Thats a mouthful there, Neal. As one snarky wag has suggested, maybe the reason Daly wasnt wearing his shirt in that video is because he has lost it.
Allen writes: Over the years when one reads golf news or watches the golf news on TV, coverage is mostly negative for Mr. Daly and positive for Mr. Harmon. Based upon the public information in the media, I would believe Mr. Harmon's account long before Mr. Daly's. Mr. Harmon presents himself as a gentleman, has done nothing to discredit himself or the wonderful game of golf. The same cannot be said for Mr. Daly.
I agree. And Ill miss seeing Butch, Natalie and JD on those grip commercials.
Sandy writes: On the issue of John Daly I would like to make a few relevant comments that seem to never surface when the Daly blogs gear up! I have a son who loves the game of golf and what it represents. He is battling away on the mini tours in Orlando and living his dream...and not making ends meet yet. He appreciates everything that comes from this great game....even if financially it is very little so far in his young career. He like thousands more like him really represent the spirit of the game and the struggles at the pro level. Isn't this a disgusting contrast to what John Daly now represents? Take a popularity poll among these aspiring pros and see where Daly ranks as a role model...such a tremendous waste!
Theres that waste word again.
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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field
Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.
Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.
In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.
Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.
After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth.
Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation.
Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.
“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”
After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).
Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129.
The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.
Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley.
Landry shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.
Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.
Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus.
Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West's Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.
Mickelson 'displeased' with iron play; 10 back
All of Phil Mickelson’s offseason work on his driver has paid off through two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge.
His iron play? Not as sharp, and it’s the reason why he heads into the weekend 10 shots off the lead.
“I’ve been pretty pleased, overall, with the way I’ve been driving the ball, and very displeased with the way my iron game has been,” said Mickelson, who shot 68 Friday on PGA West’s Nicklaus course. He has hit only 21 of 36 greens so far this week. “Usually my iron play is a lot better than what it’s been. So I’ll go work on it and hopefully improve each round in this tournament and build a solid foundation for the upcoming West Coast events.
“I feel like if I continue to drive the ball the way I am, and if I got my iron play back to my normal standard, I should have the results that I’ve been expecting.”
Mickelson, of course, is always bullish this time of year, but he has been able to find 10 of 14 fairways each of the past two rounds, including at narrower La Quinta Country Club, which doesn’t always fit his eye.
“This is actually the best I’ve driven it in a lot of years,” he said.
Currently in a tie for 67th, Mickelson will need a solid round on the more difficult Stadium course Saturday to ensure that he makes the 54-hole cut. He hasn’t missed a cut in his first West Coast event of the new year since 2009.