John Dalys game in toxic state after 88

By Doug FergusonJuly 31, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 Buick OpenPlaying for the sixth straight week on a road trip that has taken him to five countries, John Daly felt as though he hit rock bottom Friday with his worst score ever in a regular PGA Tour event that left him wondering whether he should quit.
 
His swing coach, Rick Smith, described Daly as being in a toxic state after an 88 in the Buick Open, which Smith attributed to a massive weight loss, not enough sleep and the wrong kind of diet.
 
Whatever the case, it led to Daly feeling as badly as ever about his golf.
 
The last two weeks have been the first time in my career I didnt think I could win, Daly said. I dont have the feel I used to have. I dont have the confidence. I just dont have it. I tried my (tail) off and shot 88. Ive thrown in the towel and shot 82 when I quit. But I didnt quit this time. It was a weird feeling.
 
Daly hit two balls out-of-bounds on the par-5 first hole ' his 10th of the second round ' and took a 10. He wound up shooting 51 on his back nine for a 16-over 88. That was one shot less than the 89 he had last year at Royal Birkdale in the wind-swept British Open.
 
Smith said he followed him along Warwick Hills and almost didnt recognize him.
 
I saw a guy I didnt know existed, Smith said. What I saw today was scary. It was a literal disconnect. He hasnt eaten or slept in a week. His body needs food, and its going to the muscle, and the muscle is breaking down to the point hes in a toxic state.
 
Daly says he has lost over 80 pounds in the last four months after having Lap-Band surgery, in which a tube placed around the top of the stomach helps control the appetite. He was eating only 1,200 calories a day, but now says his intake is about 600 calories daily.
 
Daly said he weighed himself this week at 205 pounds.
 
Hes gone through it so quickly, faster than most, Smith said. He hasnt felt well, he hasnt slept. Hes starving himself. His doctors says if he doesnt have 80 to 90 grams a day of protein, hell be in trouble. He needs to eat the right food and get himself back so he can even play golf. Looking at his swing today, it was irrelevant.
 
The PGA Tour suspended Daly for six months dating to November because of various off-course incidents, including a jailhouse photo of Daly with his eyes half-closed after being taken to a cell to sober up in North Carolina.
 
He has played mostly in Europe this year as he tries to qualify for the Race to Dubai, but after a runner-up finish in May at the Italian Open, Daly has made little progress. His recent trip took him from the BMW International in Germany to the French Open, to the Scottish Open and British Open, then to the Canadian Open and the Buick Open.
 
The two-time major champion tied for 27th in the British Open at Turnberry, then he played the next two weeks on sponsor exemptions. Daly said he doesnt want to take a spot from someone else in the field if he continues like this.
 
Dalys career is littered with big numbers, such as the 18 he took on the par-5 sixth hole at Bay Hill. His confidence has fluctuated along with his weight.
 
This is different, Daly said. I cant control my hands like I used to. I have no clue where its going. I just dont have any feel, and it scares me. This is the most down Ive ever been with my golf game. Im working my butt off, doing everything I need to be doing, and nothing is going right on the golf course.
 
Daly said he would see his doctor in Florida next week, then decide whether to play in the PGA Championship at Hazeltine. Dalys career took off in 1991 when he won the PGA Championship as the ninth alternate. He later won the British Open at St. Andrews.
 
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

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    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

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