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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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.