Circulation Spike For Daly News - COPIED

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 1, 2008, 4:00 pm
The Comebacker realizes now, more than ever, that anything that has to do with John Daly is a flash-point.
 
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.
 
THE COMEBACKER: 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.
 
THE COMEBACKER: 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.
THE COMEBACKER: 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?
 
THE COMEBACKER: 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.
 
THE COMEBACKER: 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.
 
THE COMEBACKER: 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. That 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 that him.
 
THE COMEBACKER: 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.
 
THE COMEBACKER: 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!
 
THE COMEBACKER: Theres that waste word again.
 
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Poulter offers explanation in dispute with marshal

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:47 pm

Ian Poulter took to Twitter to offer an explanation after the Englishman was accused of verbally abusing a volunteer during the third round of the Scottish Open.

Poulter hooked his drive on the opening hole at Gullane Golf Club into a bush, where Quintin Jardine was working as a marshal. Poulter went on to find the ball, wedge out and make bogey, but the details of the moments leading up to his second shot differ depending on who you ask.

Jardine wrote a letter to the tournament director that he also turned into a colorfully-titled blog post, accusing Poulter of berating him for not going into the bush "feet first" in search of the ball since Poulter would have received a free drop had his ball been stepped on by an official.


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"I stood and waited for the player. It turned out to be Mr. Poulter, who arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was," Jardine wrote. "I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn't expecting thanks, but I wasn't expecting aggression, either."

Jardine added that Poulter stayed to exchange heated words with the volunteer even after wedging his ball back into the fairway. After shooting a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 30th, Poulter tweeted his side of the story to his more than 2.3 million followers:

Poulter, 42, won earlier this year on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open and is exempt into The Open at Carnoustie, where he will make his 17th Open appearance. His record includes a runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and a T-3 finish at Muirfield in 2013.

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Immelman misses Open bid via OWGR tiebreaker

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:25 pm

A resurgent performance at the Scottish Open gave Trevor Immelman his first top-10 finish in more than four years, but it left him short of a return to The Open by the slimmest of margins.

The former Masters champ turned back the clock this week at Gullane Golf Club, carding four straight rounds of 68 or better. That run included a 5-under 65 in the final round, which gave him a tie for third and left him five shots behind winner Brandon Stone. It was his first worldwide top-10 since a T-10 finish at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.

There were three spots available into The Open for players not otherwise exempt, and for a brief moment it appeared Immelman, 38, might sneak the third and final invite.


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But with Stone and runner-up Eddie Pepperell both not qualified, that left the final spot to be decided between Immelman and Sweden's Jens Dantorp who, like Immelman, tied for third at 15 under.

As has been the case with other stops along the Open Qualifying Series, the tiebreaker to determine invites is the players' standing in the Official World Golf Rankings entering the week. Dantorp is currently No. 322 in the world, but with Immelman ranked No. 1380 the Swede got the nod.

This will mark Dantorp's first-ever major championship appearance. Immelman, who hasn't made the cut in a major since the 2013 Masters, was looking to return to The Open for 10th time and first since a missed cut at Royal Lytham six years ago. He will instead work the week at Carnoustie as part of Golf Channel and NBC's coverage of The Open.

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Stone (60) wins Scottish Open, invite to Carnoustie

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:06 pm

There's never a bad time to shoot a 60, but Brandon Stone certainly picked an opportune moment to do so.

Facing a jammed leaderboard in the final round of the Scottish Open, Stone fired a 10-under 60 to leave a stacked field in his wake and win the biggest tournament of his career. His 20-under 260 total left him four shots clear of Eddie Pepperell and five shots in front of a group that tied for third.

Stone had a mid-range birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him the first 59 in European Tour history. But even after missing the putt on the left, Stone tapped in to close out a stellar round that included eight birdies, nine pars and an eagle. It's his third career European Tour title but first since the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December 2016.


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Stone started the day three shots behind overnight leader Jens Dantorp, but he made an early move with three birdies over his first five holes and five over his first 10. Stone added a birdie on the par-3 12th, then took command with a three-hole run from Nos. 14-16 that included two birdies and an eagle.

The eye-popping score from the 25-year-old South African was even more surprising considering his lack of form entering the week. Stone is currently ranked No. 371 in the world and had missed four of his last seven worldwide cuts without finishing better than T-60.

Stone was not yet qualified for The Open, and as a result of his performance at Gullane Golf Club he will tee it up next week at Carnoustie. Stone headlined a group of three Open qualifiers, as Pepperell and Dantorp (T-3) also earned invites by virtue of their performance this week. The final spot in the Open will go to the top finisher not otherwise qualified from the John Deere Classic.

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Daly (knee) replaced by Bradley in Open field

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 12:13 pm

Former champion John Daly has withdrawn from The Open because of a right knee injury and will be replaced in the field at Carnoustie by another major winner, Keegan Bradley.

Daly, 52, defeated Costantino Rocca in a memorable playoff to win the claret jug at St. Andrews in 1995. His lingering knee pain led him to request a cart during last month's U.S. Senior Open, and when that request was denied he subsequently withdrew from the tournament.

Daly then received treatment on the knee and played in a PGA Tour event last week at The Greenbrier without the use of a cart, missing the cut with rounds of 77-67. But on the eve of the season's third major, he posted to Twitter that his pain remains "unbearable" and that a second request for a cart was turned down:

This will be just the second time since 2000 that Daly has missed The Open, having also sat out the 2013 event at Muirfield. He last made the cut in 2012, when he tied for 81st at Royal Lytham. He could still have a few more chances to improve upon that record, given that past Open champions remain fully exempt until age 60.

Taking his place will be Bradley, who was first alternate based on his world ranking. Bradley missed the event last year but recorded three top-20 finishes in five appearances from 2012-16, including a T-18 finish two years ago at Royal Troon.

The next three alternates, in order, are Spain's Adrian Otaegui and Americans Aaron Wise and J.B. Holmes.