Daly misses cut despite strong start at Pebble


Despite an early spot near the top of the leaderboard, John Daly won't be around for the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Daly shot a 1-over 73 Saturday at Spyglass Hill, and at 5-under 210 he missed the 54-hole cut by two shots.

Daly grabbed early headlines after an opening-round 65 at Pebble Beach, a score that matched his lowest opener in a decade and left him one shot off the lead. He fell back with a 1-over 72 during the second round at Monterey Peninsula, then tumbled 40 spots in the standings with his third-round effort. After seven birdies during his opening round, Daly managed only four birdies across his final 36 holes.

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The decline was evident on Daly's stat sheet: After finding 15 of 18 greens in regulation during the first round, he hit 13 of 18 during Round 2 and only eight of 18 greens in regulation Saturday.

This event continues to flummox Daly, as the 48-year-old has now missed the cut in 11 of 12 appearances at Pebble Beach. His lone made cut came during his rookie year in 1991, when he tied for 20th.

Daly was not the only notable casualty of Saturday's cut, which trimmed the field to the top 60 professionals plus ties and the top 25 pro-am teams. Other players who missed the cut include Ian Poulter, Chris Kirk, Ryan Palmer and Ernie Els.