Circulation Spike For Daly News - COPIED
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.
THE COMEBACKER: 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.
THE COMEBACKER: 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.
THE COMEBACKER: 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?
THE COMEBACKER: 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.
THE COMEBACKER: 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.
THE COMEBACKER: 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. That 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 that him.
THE COMEBACKER: 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.
THE COMEBACKER: 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!
THE COMEBACKER: Theres that waste word again.
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm
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
Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff
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.
Watching Andrew Landry and Jon Rahm in playoff. Walking off tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me ? Talking at all. ?— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.
0 words— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
The issue is I don’t want to make you a bit relaxed or comfortable. High pressure, good.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
Did you watch the end of the NFL games yesterday ? Enough said.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
I didn’t say you couldn’t be friends and competitive. But in a playoff, 1 tiny mistake and you lose, and that devastated me. Friends before and after, competitors during play.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
Did you win ? It’s all about surviving the competition to test yourself.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.
Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over
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.
Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions
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.