Circulation Spike for Daly News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Thats 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 than him.
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.
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!
Theres that waste word again.
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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.
McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.
But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.
“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.
“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.
“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”
McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.
“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”
McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.
How The Open cut line is determined
Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.
The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:
• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.
• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.
• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.
The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.
The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major
Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:
What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.
What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.
How old is it?
It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.
Where is it played?
There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.
Where will it be played this year?
At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.
Who has won The Open on that course?
Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).
Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?
Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.
Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?
This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.
Who has won this event the most?
Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.
What about the Morrises?
Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.
Have players from any particular country dominated?
In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.
Who is this year's defending champion?
That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.
What is the trophy called?
The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).
Which Opens have been the most memorable?
Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.
When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?
Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.
How to watch The Open on TV and online
You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.
Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie
In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.
Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:
(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)
Monday, July 16
GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)
GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Tuesday, July 17
GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Wednesday, July 18
GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Thursday, July 19
GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)
GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Friday, July 20
GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Saturday, July 21
GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Sunday, July 22
GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)