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Golf Australia Express : Issue 17
Either way, Daly’s explanation of the walk-off won’t hold water with many fans, let alone Herden, who said on Thursday there was no excuse for his behaviour as officials would have found more balls for him if he’d asked. Thursday’s walk-off has been indicative of much of Daly’s golf life. Shooting to fame in 1991 with a win at the PGA Championship, as well as a famous second major title at the 1995 British Open, endeared him to a section of golf fans eager to find a ‘blue collared’ idol. Regarded by many in the game as the greatest waste of talent in golf, Daly hasn’t tasted success since the 2004 Buick Invitational. Yet he’s been in the headlines plenty. In fact he’s become more known for his misdemeanours and addictions than for his rare golf ability. He’s battled with drinking, gambling and a spate of failed marriages. Looking at his track record, there’s no denying the man—much loved by those who know him well—comes with a whole lot of personal baggage. But it seems Daly has started to disrespect those who’ve stood up for him in the past—and that might see the end of his troubled career. Herden was justifiably livid with the American last week—he did after all come to his defence when Daly smashed a fan’s camera at the 2008 Australian Open. “It’s very disappointing, obviously, for the tournament (and) certainly unprofessional and I’m extremely bitter and disappointed that he’s treated this championship this way,” Herden said last week. “It’s becoming a bit of a habit, something similar happened last week or the week before, but it’s unacceptable and I certainly hope that all the tours deal with it in the appropriate manner this time. “We are definitely disappointed in that attitude and that behaviour. It’s unprofessional.” On his expulsion from the PGA Championship Daly said: “I wouldn’t have me there either.” Most people in golf no doubt agree with that sentiment. Daly might have run out of balls in Sydney. And it now looks like he’s finally run out of chances, too. OTG DALY: DOWN UNDER AND OUT A RAP SHEET OF LONG JOHN’S AUSTRALIAN APPEARANCES 2002: PUTTER DUMMY SPIT Annoyed by his final round at the 2002 Australian PGA Championship, Daly throws his putter and ball into a pond beside the 18th green at Coolum. He storms off course and retreats to his on-course villa, failing to sign for a 78 and disqualifying himself from the event in the process. He is fined $5600. 2008: SNAPPY CAMERA WORK During the first round of the 2008 Australian Open at Royal Sydney, Daly—who looked like missing a third consecutive cut in Australia— smashes a spectator’s camera into a tree after he takes an ‘unhappy’ snap of Daly coming out of the bushes at the ninth. Daly says to the man, “You want it back, I’ll buy you a new one.’’ 2011: SLAM DUNK, DUNK, DUNK... Daly is annoyed after a penalty at the 10th during the Rnd 1 of the Australian Open. He finds water with his second shot at the 11th, then hits a total of seven balls into the lake. He leaves his playing partners and storms off the course citing he has no balls leftin his bag. As a result he is banned from the upcoming Australian PGA event. SAGA THE BEING JOHN DALY