Good, bad and Daly: Timeline of ups and downs

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 7, 2017, 11:45 pm

1987: Scores first pro victory - Missouri Open.

Dec. 26, 1987: Marries Dale Crafton, a hand model from a wealthy Arkansas family.

Feb. 15, 1990: He and Crafton are divorced.

Sept. 16, 1990: Wins Utah Classic (Ben Hogan Tour).

Dec. 3, 1990: Finishes T-12 at PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, earning his card.

Aug. 8-11, 1991: Gets into PGA Championship at Crooked Stick as ninth alternate when Nick Price WDs; wins, beating Bruce Lietzke by three shots.

Aug. 11, 1991: Donates $30,000 of his $230,000 PGA winnings to set up a college fund for two daughters of a spectator who was killed by lightning during tournament.

Dec. 11, 1991: Named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

April 7, 1992: Is sued for palimony and paternity by girlfriend Bettye Fulford, a convention planner from Georgia. Six days later she drops suits.

Aug. 16, 1992: Finishes 82nd in defense of his PGA Championship title.

Sept. 27, 1992: Wins B.C. Open.

May 8, 1992: Marries Fulford despite her admitting to him that she is 10 years older than she had originally told him.

Dec. 23, 1992: Charged with third-degree assault for allegedly throwing Fulford into a wall at their home. Charges are eventually dropped.

January 1993: Begins a 30-day stint in an addiction treatment center in Arizona.

April 11, 1993: Finishes T-3 in Masters, his only top-10 finish at Augusta.

May 25, 1993: Pleads guilty to misdemeanor harassment in Fulford case. Sentenced to two years' probation.

June 1993: In U.S. Open, becomes first (and still only) player to reach 630-yard 17th hole at Baltusrol in two.

Oct. 17, 1993: Wins Alfred Dunhill Cup with Fred Couples and Payne Stewart.

Nov. 5, 1993: In unofficial Kapalua International, picks up on one hole without holing out. Is suspended indefinitely by PGA Tour.

March 1994: Returns to PGA Tour.

May 9, 1994: Wins BellSouth Classic. Says it his his first win sober.

July 1994: Claims that many PGA Tour players are cocaine users, and says that if drug testing were done properly on Tour, he would be "one of the cleanest guys out there."

Aug. 28, 1994: At NEC World Series of Golf, gets into wrestling match with father of Tour pro Jeff Roth. Daly had twice driven green while Roth, in group ahead, was putting. Facing possible suspension, voluntarily takes off rest of season.

January 1995: Divorces Fulford.

Jan. 28, 1995: Marries Paulette Dean, a model.

July 23, 1995: Wins Open Championship at St. Andrews in playoff with Costantino Rocca.

March 27, 1997: Does $1,000 worth of damage to Jacksonville, Fla., hotel room in fight with Dean.

March 31, 1997: Enters Betty Ford Clinic in California.

April 28, 1997: Contract with Wilson Golf is terminated.

May 20, 1997: Signs four-year, $3 million contract with Callaway. Deal specifically prohibits him from gambling or drinking alcohol.

1997: Becomes first PGA Tour player to average more than 300 yards per drive over a full season.

March 22, 1998: Makes an 18 on par-5 sixth hole in final round at Bay Hill when he fails six times to clear a water hazard with a 3-wood.

Aug. 20, 1999: Daly and Dean are divorced.

Sept. 13, 1999: Contract with Callaway is terminated after Daly refuses to admit himself to rehab clinic.

June 15, 2000: In first round of U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, makes a 14 on par-5 18th hole, hitting three balls into the Pacific Ocean.

July 29, 2001: Marries Sherrie Miller, a car saleswoman from Memphis.

Sept. 2, 2001: Wins BMW International Open (European Tour).

Nov. 29, 2002: Fined by Australian Tour and ordered to write a letter of apology to a tour official he verbally abused at Coolum Classic. Made a triple bogey-7 on his last hole, then threw his putter and ball into a pond. Was DQ'd for not signing his scorecard.

Nov. 26, 2002: Releases first studio album, "My Life," on Scream Marketing label. Songs include "All My Ex's Wear Rolexes."

July 28, 2003: Miller and her parents are indicted on charges related to money-laundering and million-dollar drug ring investigation in Mississippi.

Feb. 16, 2004: Wins Buick Invitational in playoff with Luke Donald and Chris Riley.

Dec. 6, 2004: Named PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.

Nov. 12, 2004: Sherrie pleads guilty to federal drug charges and is sentenced five months in prison.

Oct. 9, 2005: In WGC-American Express Championship, misses short par putt on second extra hole to lose to Tiger Woods.

July 2005: Sues Florida Times-Union newspaper for libel after columnist Mike Freeman claimed Daly "failed the scoundrel sniff test." Case is dismissed in 2009 when judge says Daly failed to prove statement was untrue. Daly is ordered to pay newspaper more than $300,000 in legal fees.

2006: In autobiography, claims to have lost $50-60 million over past 15 years. Figure includes losing $1.5 million in October 2005, most of it on a $5,000 slot machine in Las Vegas.

2007: Starts a PGA Tour season without full exempt status for first time since 1991.

March 1, 2007: Playing in Honda Classic, WD's after two holes after pulling a muscle near his shoulder blade when he tried to stop his backswing after a fan snapped a picture.

June 8, 2007: Shows up for second round of Stanford St. Jude Championship with cuts on face. Says he and wife Sherrie got into a fight at a restaurant in Memphis on Thursday night, and later she attacked him with steak knife. Authorities were contacted and came to house, but wife had already left with their children.

2008: Suspended for six months by PGA Tour.

March 2008: Butch Harmon quits as Daly's swing coach, saying "the most important thing in [Daly's] life is getting drunk."

Oct. 26, 2008: Taken into protective custody by Winston-Salem, N.C., police after being found drunk outside a Hooters restaurant. Shortly afterwards, Daly says he has stopped drinking.

Dec. 10, 2008: Grabs spectator's camera and smashes it against tree at Australian Open.

February 2009: Undergoes lap-band surgery and loses 40 pounds.

Feb. 19, 2010: Miller and Daly are divorced.

April 26, 2010: Releases second studio album, "I Only Know One Way," on Long Ball Records.

Dec. 17, 2010: A judge awards custody of the couple's 7-year-old son, John, to Daly, and jails Sherrie for having failed to abide by the court's orders in their divorce proceedings.

Feb. 25, 2011: Miller sues Daly's fiancee, Anna Cladakis, a promotional director for Hooters, charging Cladakis with wrecking her marriage to Daly.

Nov. 10, 2011: Walks off course during first round of Australian Open after hitting all his golf balls into a water hazard.

March 14, 2014: Shoots career-worst 90 in second round of Valspar Championship. Round includes a 12 on a par-4 hole.

Dec. 6, 2014: Wins Beko Classic in Turkey.

Aug. 14, 2015: In second round of PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, throws club into Lake Michigan after making 10 on par-3 seventh hole.

April 28, 2016: Turns 50 years old and readies for career on PGA Tour Champions.

May 7, 2017: Records his first win as a senior, taking the Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club in Texas by one shot over Tommy Armour III and Kenny Perry.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

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.

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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.

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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