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John Daly says he’ll never play in a USGA event again



Expanding on our treatment of the topic in the Morning 9, John Daly has made further remarks about the United States Golf Association.

Following the USGA’s denial of Daly’s request to use a cart in this week’s U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, JD tells USA Today he’ll never play in a USGA event again.

It’s “just not worth it to me,’’ Daly told the paper.

Already unhappy with Mike Davis and his colleagues, Daly took the opportunity to criticize the USGA’s handling of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock, particularly its management of the course during the third round of play.

“The USGA just seems to defend themselves after the fact,’’ Daly said, adding that “the greens seem to get away from them like Saturday at Shinnecock Hills. It just seems like something happens every year they host an event that looks bad on them. They just never seem to learn from their mistakes.’’

Daly added that plenty of players weren’t happy with the USGA, “but a lot of guys just won’t stand up and say something like they should.’’

He rightfully pointed out that the winner of a golf tournament should be determined by skill, not luck.

Daly is scheduled to have amniotic fluid injected into his right knee this week in hopes of playing the July 5-8 Greenbrier Classic.

What do you think about Big John’s remarks, GolfWRX members?

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  1. Dusty Dinkleman

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    He’s retiring from golf to become the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco (and Explosives).

  2. calc

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Drink GOLFERAID …. there’s a swing in every can …. 😮

  3. Mick

    Jun 28, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Didn’t he have surgery where they took most of his stomach out?. How can he be fat again after that?

  4. William Biddle

    Jun 28, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Daley is right on. USGA a bunch of pompous old men. Turning golf into game of May the luckiest man win.

  5. Troll Cop

    Jun 28, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Yep – Confirmed Internet Troll Bait – #TrollBait

  6. The Dude

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    “They just never seem to learn from their mistakes”…………OH Really JD……..(sounds familiar) …

  7. BigBoy

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    If he laid of the hamburgers he wouldn’t need a cart.

    • geoh

      Jun 27, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      bb. If you have ever had PF you would know why Daly needs a cart. He has a valid medical issue.

      Give the guy a break, its not if he was trying to get out of serving his country due to heel spurs. LOL

  8. Mary Hinge

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Need to give Michelson some room after his open meltdown. These fellas prepare their game to the optimum level to peak at the event. Practicing and preparing to a ridiculous level and then have a group of suited know all’s prepare a course which is tilted towards luck, must be very frustrating.Might as well use a ball from the wizards den, which is weighted to one side. Roll on Mickey Mouse !!!

  9. Nick

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Famous last words. Let’s see how quickly Daly realizes he needs the USGA far more than they need his circus acts

  10. Mary Hinge

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Get off JD s back. Great golfer who understands the game and isn’t afraid to voice his opinion. He knows the inside story and ‘outs’ the men in suits who make crazy decisions. Carry on JD and stop swinging so hard – keep the ball on the grooves and use your short game.

  11. Ron

    Jun 27, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Does John really think the USGA cares whether he plays in their event or not? No, and neither do very many other people.
    He’s never set much of an example.

  12. joro

    Jun 27, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Such love for a guy from a bunch who most likely have done none of the good he has done with his many contributions and such. Suck it up all you winners and look at how stupid the USGA is.

    • Matt

      Jun 27, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      Pros make way to much money to cry about fast greens. Time for more courses to be like the last US Open

  13. Mike Honcho

    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    All this noise coming from a guy who has been combined Suspended, DQ’d & WD’d more than any player in the history of the Tour. He doesn’t care about the game. The ‘every man, sympathetic figure’act doesn’t fly anymore John. As Dean Wormer so eloquently stated, “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go thru life son.”

  14. Scooter

    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Always the victim, huh John?

    If I wanted to see a guy curled up and holding his knee and whining, I’d watch soccer.

  15. Jiames

    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I agree with Daly on the fact USGA got it wrong on Saturday allowing luck to play a big role in scoring from morning round to afternoon round!! With the USGA & PGA it’s all about money courses for horses etc. let’s play from 8000 yards give longer hitters an advantage, let’s eliminate 50 percent of field (shorter hitters)
    Lets face I do not have the respect today of USGA , I had 10-20 years ago.
    John himself has made his bed along the way & he will have to lie in it!! If his name was Woods , Els, Mcillory etc might be a different answer.

  16. Caroline

    Jun 27, 2018 at 10:46 am

    John add the ability to use those skills, something Daly has denied himself 95% of the time he has tee’d it up. John the USGA may have some issues with the way they run their tournaments but John Daly you have had issues every time you played….

  17. Alcap26

    Jun 27, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you on the way out. Your tired old act is getting very old.

    • youraway

      Jun 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Great comment, John will not be missed.

  18. mike pickens

    Jun 27, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Daly should have taken care of himself – he ruined his knee with too much weight – no telling what else will fail due to his alcoholism; stay tuned.
    Grow up John, take responsibility for your own life – you made your bed….

    • Jack Nash

      Jun 27, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      I know many people who had knee replacements who weren’t over weight. Daly can’t afford to do the Tiger and take years off because of how he abused his body, but I’m sure as someone here pointed out, if it was Woods, Els or McElroy adjustments might have been made. The fact that Daly won’t be there will automatically drop attendance, because he always brings in the people.

  19. Thomas A

    Jun 27, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I think if Big John lost a few stones he wouldn’t have any knee problems. He’s not handicapped, he’s fat.

  20. Thomas A

    Jun 27, 2018 at 9:35 am


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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter



With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?



According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…



Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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