Good, bad and Daly: Timeline of ups and downs

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 7, 2017, 11:45 pm

1987: Scores first pro victory - Missouri Open.

Dec. 26, 1987: Marries Dale Crafton, a hand model from a wealthy Arkansas family.

Feb. 15, 1990: He and Crafton are divorced.

Sept. 16, 1990: Wins Utah Classic (Ben Hogan Tour).

Dec. 3, 1990: Finishes T-12 at PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, earning his card.

Aug. 8-11, 1991: Gets into PGA Championship at Crooked Stick as ninth alternate when Nick Price WDs; wins, beating Bruce Lietzke by three shots.

Aug. 11, 1991: Donates $30,000 of his $230,000 PGA winnings to set up a college fund for two daughters of a spectator who was killed by lightning during tournament.

Dec. 11, 1991: Named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

April 7, 1992: Is sued for palimony and paternity by girlfriend Bettye Fulford, a convention planner from Georgia. Six days later she drops suits.

Aug. 16, 1992: Finishes 82nd in defense of his PGA Championship title.

Sept. 27, 1992: Wins B.C. Open.

May 8, 1992: Marries Fulford despite her admitting to him that she is 10 years older than she had originally told him.

Dec. 23, 1992: Charged with third-degree assault for allegedly throwing Fulford into a wall at their home. Charges are eventually dropped.

January 1993: Begins a 30-day stint in an addiction treatment center in Arizona.

April 11, 1993: Finishes T-3 in Masters, his only top-10 finish at Augusta.

May 25, 1993: Pleads guilty to misdemeanor harassment in Fulford case. Sentenced to two years' probation.

June 1993: In U.S. Open, becomes first (and still only) player to reach 630-yard 17th hole at Baltusrol in two.

Oct. 17, 1993: Wins Alfred Dunhill Cup with Fred Couples and Payne Stewart.

Nov. 5, 1993: In unofficial Kapalua International, picks up on one hole without holing out. Is suspended indefinitely by PGA Tour.

March 1994: Returns to PGA Tour.

May 9, 1994: Wins BellSouth Classic. Says it his his first win sober.

July 1994: Claims that many PGA Tour players are cocaine users, and says that if drug testing were done properly on Tour, he would be "one of the cleanest guys out there."

Aug. 28, 1994: At NEC World Series of Golf, gets into wrestling match with father of Tour pro Jeff Roth. Daly had twice driven green while Roth, in group ahead, was putting. Facing possible suspension, voluntarily takes off rest of season.

January 1995: Divorces Fulford.

Jan. 28, 1995: Marries Paulette Dean, a model.

July 23, 1995: Wins Open Championship at St. Andrews in playoff with Costantino Rocca.

March 27, 1997: Does $1,000 worth of damage to Jacksonville, Fla., hotel room in fight with Dean.

March 31, 1997: Enters Betty Ford Clinic in California.

April 28, 1997: Contract with Wilson Golf is terminated.

May 20, 1997: Signs four-year, $3 million contract with Callaway. Deal specifically prohibits him from gambling or drinking alcohol.

1997: Becomes first PGA Tour player to average more than 300 yards per drive over a full season.

March 22, 1998: Makes an 18 on par-5 sixth hole in final round at Bay Hill when he fails six times to clear a water hazard with a 3-wood.

Aug. 20, 1999: Daly and Dean are divorced.

Sept. 13, 1999: Contract with Callaway is terminated after Daly refuses to admit himself to rehab clinic.

June 15, 2000: In first round of U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, makes a 14 on par-5 18th hole, hitting three balls into the Pacific Ocean.

July 29, 2001: Marries Sherrie Miller, a car saleswoman from Memphis.

Sept. 2, 2001: Wins BMW International Open (European Tour).

Nov. 29, 2002: Fined by Australian Tour and ordered to write a letter of apology to a tour official he verbally abused at Coolum Classic. Made a triple bogey-7 on his last hole, then threw his putter and ball into a pond. Was DQ'd for not signing his scorecard.

Nov. 26, 2002: Releases first studio album, "My Life," on Scream Marketing label. Songs include "All My Ex's Wear Rolexes."

July 28, 2003: Miller and her parents are indicted on charges related to money-laundering and million-dollar drug ring investigation in Mississippi.

Feb. 16, 2004: Wins Buick Invitational in playoff with Luke Donald and Chris Riley.

Dec. 6, 2004: Named PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.

Nov. 12, 2004: Sherrie pleads guilty to federal drug charges and is sentenced five months in prison.

Oct. 9, 2005: In WGC-American Express Championship, misses short par putt on second extra hole to lose to Tiger Woods.

July 2005: Sues Florida Times-Union newspaper for libel after columnist Mike Freeman claimed Daly "failed the scoundrel sniff test." Case is dismissed in 2009 when judge says Daly failed to prove statement was untrue. Daly is ordered to pay newspaper more than $300,000 in legal fees.

2006: In autobiography, claims to have lost $50-60 million over past 15 years. Figure includes losing $1.5 million in October 2005, most of it on a $5,000 slot machine in Las Vegas.

2007: Starts a PGA Tour season without full exempt status for first time since 1991.

March 1, 2007: Playing in Honda Classic, WD's after two holes after pulling a muscle near his shoulder blade when he tried to stop his backswing after a fan snapped a picture.

June 8, 2007: Shows up for second round of Stanford St. Jude Championship with cuts on face. Says he and wife Sherrie got into a fight at a restaurant in Memphis on Thursday night, and later she attacked him with steak knife. Authorities were contacted and came to house, but wife had already left with their children.

2008: Suspended for six months by PGA Tour.

March 2008: Butch Harmon quits as Daly's swing coach, saying "the most important thing in [Daly's] life is getting drunk."

Oct. 26, 2008: Taken into protective custody by Winston-Salem, N.C., police after being found drunk outside a Hooters restaurant. Shortly afterwards, Daly says he has stopped drinking.

Dec. 10, 2008: Grabs spectator's camera and smashes it against tree at Australian Open.

February 2009: Undergoes lap-band surgery and loses 40 pounds.

Feb. 19, 2010: Miller and Daly are divorced.

April 26, 2010: Releases second studio album, "I Only Know One Way," on Long Ball Records.

Dec. 17, 2010: A judge awards custody of the couple's 7-year-old son, John, to Daly, and jails Sherrie for having failed to abide by the court's orders in their divorce proceedings.

Feb. 25, 2011: Miller sues Daly's fiancee, Anna Cladakis, a promotional director for Hooters, charging Cladakis with wrecking her marriage to Daly.

Nov. 10, 2011: Walks off course during first round of Australian Open after hitting all his golf balls into a water hazard.

March 14, 2014: Shoots career-worst 90 in second round of Valspar Championship. Round includes a 12 on a par-4 hole.

Dec. 6, 2014: Wins Beko Classic in Turkey.

Aug. 14, 2015: In second round of PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, throws club into Lake Michigan after making 10 on par-3 seventh hole.

April 28, 2016: Turns 50 years old and readies for career on PGA Tour Champions.

May 7, 2017: Records his first win as a senior, taking the Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club in Texas by one shot over Tommy Armour III and Kenny Perry.

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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.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

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

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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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.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

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.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

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.”

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After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

Zach Johnson: 13/2

Rory McIlroy: 7/1

Jordan Spieth: 8/1

Rickie Fowler: 9/1

Kevin Kisner: 12/1

Xander Schauffele: 16/1

Tony Finau: 16/1

Matt Kuchar: 18/1

Pat Perez: 25/1

Brooks Koepka: 25/1

Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

Alex Noren: 50/1

Tiger Woods: 50/1

Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

Danny Willett: 60/1

Francesco Molinari: 60/1