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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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.