September 6, 1995 |
British Open champion John Daly withdrew from the Canadian Open yesterday, further depleting a field that includes only three of the top 10 money leaders on the PGA tour and 20 of the first 50. Daly, who has had only one week off since winning at St. Andrews in July, called the PGA tour's office in Ponte Vedra, Fla., and left a voice-mail message saying he would not play. He said he would send a letter explaining his reasons, and he has 14 days to clarify his decision. BASEBALL The Dodgers have arranged for an off-duty police officer to escort pitcher Hideo Nomo to his Los Angeles-area home after each game, a newspaper reported.
August 10, 2007 |
TULSA, Okla. - John Daly rolled into town late. And because it's hotter than a pizza oven here, he blew off his only chance for a practice round at Southern Hills Country Club on Wednesday in favor of playing the slots in the cool of Cherokee Casino a few miles from here. But yesterday, when it was showtime at the 89th PGA Championship, Daly went out and shot one of the most impressive and improbable 3-under-par 67s of his checkered career, leaving him alone in second after the first round, only 2 shots behind Englishman Graeme Storm.
March 17, 2016 |
Organizers of the Constellation Senior Players Championship, who quietly have been putting together the PGA Tour Champions major scheduled for June at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, are making some noise with the latest addition to the field. John Daly, a two-time major champion and one of the most popular players on the PGA Tour for the last 25 years, has committed to play in the championship, which begins June 9. Daly, who celebrates his 50th birthday on April 28, will make his debut on the senior circuit at the Insperity Invitational on May 6 in suburban Houston.
June 10, 2016 |
AFTER ALL THESE years, and the many highs and lows, John Daly is still the golfer most fans want to follow. In the non-Tiger Woods division, of course. In many ways, for the same reason they tune in to a NASCAR race: You never know what might happen. It could easily turn into a wreck at any time. So who can ever turn away from that? Daly has been the Pied Piper from the moment he burst onto the map by winning the 1991 PGA Championship as a ninth alternate. And he did it by gripping it and ripping it, as they say. Which, as we soon learned, was also the way he pretty much led his life.
April 8, 1992 |
Years ago, Bobby Jones watched in awe as a young Jack Nicklaus pounded the mystique out of the Augusta National Golf Club. "He plays a game with which I'm not familiar," Jones said of Nicklaus, whose raw power often turned the Masters into one man chip-and-putt show. We can only imagine what Bobby would say if he were around to see John Daly. If Jones had trouble relating to the Golden Bear, he would be positively traumatized by the man they call Long John. Daly is the Paul Bunyan of the pro golf tour, a man whose feats already qualify as legend.
November 3, 2008 |
With no golf on his schedule, John Daly said he went to North Carolina last week to have fun with some friends. What followed was a night in jail. According to police in Winston-Salem, N.C., Daly appeared "extremely intoxicated and uncooperative" when he was found outside a Hooters restaurant early Oct. 27. With no other means of transportation, he was taken to the Forsyth County jail for 24 hours to get sober. Daly said it could have been avoided if his friends had realized he tends to sleep with his eyes open when he has been drinking.
June 6, 2016 |
John Daly has his imperfections like everyone else. It's just that his have received so much attention and scrutiny since he burst on to the golf scene in 1991 when he won the PGA Championship as the ninth alternate, going from complete unknown to overnight sensation. However, for all of his obsessions over the years, whether it was his drinking, smoking or gambling, Daly was and has remained an open book. His openness has endeared him to the fans who have followed him the last 25 years, maybe because they identify with some aspects of his hard-living existence.
March 14, 1994 |
The Honda Classic, which concluded here yesterday at the Weston Hills Country Club, did not feel like an ordinary stop on the PGA tour. It felt big- time. The winner was Nick Price, who has been the best golfer in the world for the last 18 months. Craig Parry, a brilliant young Australian player, finished second. Bernhard Langer, Curtis Strange and Davis Love 3d were all part of the four-way tie for fourth. But it was the presence of one man in particular that made this tournament sparkle.
August 2, 1995 |
As the little golfer squeezed open his eyes at the conclusion of his afternoon nap, he saw his father's distinctive Irish-Indian head hovering somewhere above his own. "You want to watch the John Daly tape?" Kurt J. Gibson Sr. asked his boy. "Yeah," said the little golfer. This was yesterday, in the air-conditioned living room of a tidy rowhouse in South Philadelphia. Little Kurt, as he is known in the only house on South 12th Street with a golf flag hanging from a second-floor pole, is 4 years old and obsessed with golf.
March 17, 2002 |
A year and a half ago, who among us hadn't pretty much written off John Daly? He was, after all, seemingly self-destructing right before our eyes. There he was, on TV, each time looking more pitiful than the last, wringing every drop of misery and misfortune from life that he could. It was as if he were destined - or at least determined - to live out a cross between a Shakespearean tragedy and a woe-is-me country-music song. Don't look now, but Big John is back. Back and maybe bigger than ever.