Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Updated: March 3, 8:44 PM ET
Daly was told to get professional help
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John Daly's confidential personnel file at the PGA Tour became a matter of public record recently and uncovered a startling number of attempts by Tour officials to help the still wildly popular golfer with his issues on and off the course.
The 456-page file, obtained by The Florida Times-Union, covers the years 1991 through late 2008 and revealed the following:
• That the PGA Tour, on seven occasions, ordered Daly to undergo counseling or enter alcohol rehabilitation;
• That Daly was placed on Tour probation six times;
• That Daly was cited 11 times for "conduct unbecoming a professional";
• That Daly was flagged 21 times for "failure to give best efforts";
• That Daly accrued fines of nearly $100,000 during the period covered in the file.
The final transgression listed in his file, according to the Times-Union, details Daly's six-month suspension from the PGA Tour at the start of the 2009 golf season after his October 2008 arrest, in which he was found intoxicated outside a Hooters restaurant in North Carolina.
Daly's personnel file also included accusations that he nearly struck an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent after failing to stop his car at a security checkpoint at the 2005 U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C.
Daly, a two-time major champion who took the Tour by storm by winning the 1991 PGA Championship, hasn't won on tour since 2004 but remains hugely popular with fans and is still one of the game's biggest hitters.
Perhaps his erratic behavior was best summed up at the start of the year -- after missing the cut at Torrey Pines, Daly told a Golf Channel crew that he "was done" with the game and wouldn't continue playing. Two weeks later he was part of the field at Pebble Beach.
The Tour has had a longtime policy of not discussing player discipline and would not comment on what was found in Daly's file.
"We turned the file over on a court order, but keeping with our policy, we're not going to comment on disciplinary action taken against players," Ty Votaw, the PGA Tour's executive vice president for communications, told the Times-Union. "The fact that it is public record does not change that."