John Daly hopes for quick return by Woods


SYDNEY, Australia – John Daly says he doesn’t want to know the reasons behind Tiger Woods’ late night car crash.

The dual major winner, who has had his share of off-the-course troubles, told reporters in Australia on Monday he just wants Woods fit and back on the tour.

Daly, who will play in the Australian Open starting Thursday, said he doesn’t share the public fascination with the facts behind Woods’ accident outside his Florida home.

“I don’t really care what happened between Tiger and … whatever happened. I’m just glad he’s OK,” Daly said. “We need him, probably more than anybody on the tour, to keep things going, the way the economy is.”

According to the Florida Highway Patrol accident report, Woods had just pulled out of his driveway when he struck a fire hydrant and then a tree. Woods later said he had cuts, bruising and “right now I’m a little sore.”

Daly said whatever physical damage Woods had suffered, he hoped it mended quickly.

“Tiger’s the biggest asset the tour’s had in a long, long time,” he said. “Whatever happened, as long as he’s OK that’s all that matters. Golf needs him badly … no doubt.”

Woods is scheduled to compete at his Chevron World Challenge, which starts Thursday in Thousand Oaks, California, although his tournament director did not know Woods’ status for the tournament – whether he would play or even attend.