JD Just Dont

By Brian HewittMarch 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
This week The Comebacker is all about J.D. No, not Jack Daniels, wise guy. Were talking about John Daly.
He has a history of drinking problems that have been well-chronicled and admitted to by him. And this hasnt been a very good week for golfs Paul Bunyan.
On Tuesday, GolfChannel.com broke the story about Butch Harmon, the coach, firing John Daly, the player. The very next day Long John missed his pro-am tee time which, as stipulated in the rules, made him ineligible to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill this week.
Needless to say, that lit up the e-mail community. And suffice it to say, much of Dalys constituency is eroding quickly.
Without further ado:
Ron writes: Like the bulk of golf fans, I suspect, Ive hoped and prayed John would work through, overcome his abuse problems. Sadly, that hasnt happened. Unless and until he gains control of his life, golf will be better off without his wasted talent.
The Comebacker The problem for John, and the people around him, is exactly how do you set about gaining control of a life that appears to be spinning wildly out of control?

Ship writes: We need to pray for John.

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Gary (admonishing the media) writes: . I watch with my young son and see how John brags about his beer breakfasts, heavy smoking and horrible eating habits.Leave him out of the news and ignore him and let him hit bottom (then maybe he will get help) and concentrate on the other several hundred great PGA TOUR golfers that will be good role models for the game as well as our children..When and if John can get his self and life turned around, I will be right there to support him again.

The ComebackerSo many Daly fans are just about ready to quit on him. But most of them, like Gary, will come back in a heartbeat if Daly ever gets his cluttered house in order.

Danny writes: It doesnt get any worse than this for Daly. You no show Arnold Palmer!!! This is the most disrespectful act I have ever seen by someone who claims to be a professional golfer. You do not do Arnold Palmer like that, you just dont. Daly needs to be gone from the PGA TOUR. Perhaps his future is on the Hooters Tour where he wont win either but could provide a Circus Act with himself as the premier clown.

The Comebacker So what are we talking about here, John Daly appearing at county fairs some day? Yeesh.

Glen writes:Re: The John Daly and Butch Harmon relationship. John is 41 and still a non-responsible and obviously ill child. Sad; very sad.

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Are you sensing a pattern yet from the e-mailers?

Larry writes:This aint the NFL or MLB. Its the PGA. It has always stood for more and gets respect because of the way the players handle themselves on and off the course. Everybody roots for the guy but if he cant handle himself any better maybe he should just go away.

The ComebackerAgain, part of the problem is trying to figure exactly where John Daly would go if golf was no longer part of his everyday life.

Joseph writes: Hope someone will be able to talk to him to make things right and hopefully he will listen and act accordingly. We love John Daly.

The ComebackerTiger is superhuman. Daly is human. To a fault. To a lot of faults, actually.

Joe writes: Anyone who has experienced alcoholism, directly or through a loved one, can tell you that all of this comes as no surprise. I am not a huge fan of Harmons but his approach with Daly is the only approach that should be used with someone like Daly. You offer your help, but you dont enable the alcoholics drinking.

The ComebackerNo question that Daly has been very good at finding enablers. Butch said from the beginning that it was going to be tough love or no love at all.

Coy writes: John needs a new life. He needs to be born again. Only one person can do that for John; the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope he runs to Jesus before its too late. Billy Graham would tell him to repent, believe and receive the Lord Jesus.

The ComebackerThere is a saying in eastern religion: When the student is ready to learn, a teacher will appear.

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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”