Monday, June 19
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- John Daly blew up again at the U.S. Open. Daly shot a 14 on the par-5 18th hole Thursday at Pebble Beach, hitting one shot into a backyard and dumping three more in the Pacific Ocean. He stormed off the course with a 12-over 83 and withdrew from the tournament.
|Players not surprised|
|John Daly's fellow players took news of his latest meltdown in stride. "Surprise," Jack Nicklaus said sarcastically. "No one knows what is going on through his mind. I like John. He's a fun guy to be around. But, obviously, he's his own worst enemy. He's not going to get better until he gets those demons out of his head." Stuart Appleby wasn't very sympathetic, either. "I think he forgot that you're trying to get the least amount of shots on a hole, not the most," Appleby said. "I don't understand what he has to keep doing that to himself. He's not doing it to anyone else. He needs to be a bit kinder to himself." This wasn't the worst hole for Daly in tournament golf. In March 1988, he hit a 3-wood into the water six times in the final round of Bay Hill Invitational, taking an 18 on the par-5 sixth hole. After the latest blowup, Greg Norman called Daly "too good a player to do that to himself." "He still had a very good chance to win the tournament," Norman said. "It's unfortunate. But he's in his own skin. He makes his own decisions and he has to go with that."|
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