Daly Decides To Go Back To Winning Ways

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- John Daly changed his game ever so slightly for this British Open, and it appears to have paid off with a 1-under 71 in the first round at St. Andrews.
 
The 'Wild Thing' is all about control these days, so he has gone to a cut to keep the ball in play. But to prepare for the Old Course, Daly began working on a draw for a simple reason.
 
'I've got to miss it left,' Daly said, noting that all the trouble is to the right at St. Andrews. 'My mind-set is that you've got to hit it left, and I put myself in some good situations.'
 
Daly shot a 3-under-par 69 Friday and made the cut at 4-under for the first two days of the tournament.
 
Daly was hitting a power draw when he won in 1995 in a playoff over Costantino Rocca. He missed the cut the next time in 2000, and his 71 left him only five shots behind Tiger Woods.
 
As usual, it already has been an interesting week.
 
It started on Tuesday, when he failed to show up at the Champions Dinner. That led to wild speculation among the tabloids, although Daly had a simple explanation.
 
'I didn't bring a coat,' he said. 'I didn't think about it. I'm not into the dinners, man. You can't get a coat and a tie on this fat boy.'
 
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