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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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Kyle Thompson films man taking his dumped Staff bags, then finds them listed on Craigslist



Earlier in the week, PGA Tour professional Kyle Thompson put three old Srixon golf bags (that he has since stressed “were in bad shape”) out with the garbage.

What the 39-year-old wasn’t expecting, however, was for someone to come by and snag the items from his trash. That’s precisely what happened however, and Thompson managed to capture the incident, which he then uploaded to his Instagram account (second slide):

The bag burglar displayed some smooth moves as he tiptoed his way across Thompson’s driveway before snagging the items and hopping back into his truck and driving off for a clean getaway.

Thompson then turned investigator, found the items listed on Craigslist, which the seller, who he christened “Cowboy,” had priced at $175.

If that wasn’t enough, the clubs were also spotted on eBay where the items were unashamedly listed as a “Kyle Thompson model,” and the seller, who was clearly struggling to move the bags, had dropped his asking price down to $100.

As for Thompson, he appeared to find the entire episode amusing, even praising his man “Cowboy” for his ingenuity.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today: 9/20/18



If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Aiken Golf Club, looks like y’all are good to go. All bag room and cart barn photos are 100% WRX approved.

Some puttorial handiwork from Bradley Putters, here. Acrylic + wood = nastiness.

A post that will only resonate with golfers of a certain age…

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When golf balls were golf balls….

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Do lambs travel in a herd? (Technically correct, according to Google)

Lovely Lincoln ball makers, indeed. Nice work here from CNC Creations.

The expected singular ferrule work from Boyd Blade & Ferrule. Very nice.

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Lovely Red Bird & Avian wand.

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Heat-stained, Stamped & Fitted. ??

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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ICYMI: The incredible story of a golf course artist freed from jail



Since Max Adler of Golf Digest profiled convicted killer and golf artist Valentino Dixon in 2012, the Attica inmate has been on much of the golf audience’s collective radar.

It wasn’t just that Dixon, who never so much stepped onto a golf course in his life, dedicated himself to putting beautiful golf landscapes on paper, but rather, many, including Adler, believed he was wrongfully convicted. Jimmy Roberts, too, profiled Dixon, albeit in video form, and was of the same mind.

Adler and Roberts both played a small part in what happened this week, as the publicity generated by their work alerted wrongful conviction advocates to Dixon’s case: Dixon’s murder conviction was vacated.

It’s an incredible story of both justice served (albeit woefully late), and a surprising passion. If you’re unfamiliar with Dixon’s work, you can see some of it in this YouTube video by tinad426, presumably featuring the photos of his drawings taken by Golf Digest. (Many outlets refer to Dixon’s art as “paintings.” This is incorrect as his medium in colored pencil: he wasn’t allowed to use paint and paintbrushes)

“The guys [in prison] can’t understand,” Dixon said. “They always say I don’t need to be drawing this golf stuff. I know it makes no sense, but for some reason my spirit is attuned to this game.”

A quick recap of the case: Dixon had been serving a minimum 38-year-to-life sentence since August, 1991, for the shooting of 17-year-old Torriano Jackson, allegedly following an argument about a girl.

While Dixon admitted he was at the crime scene, he claimed was in a nearby liquor store at the time of the killing. Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative found that a gunpowder test on Dixon’s clothes had come back negative and the prosecution failed to share the information with the defence.

Additionally, Lamarr Scott told local media he was in fact the shooter, and has maintained that he, not Dixon, was guilty in the years since.

He was never arrested for the crime. However, Scott, in jail for a separate crime, was given the opportunity to formally confess to the crime this week. He did so, and Dixon was exonerated hours later.

“Maybe he’ll even take up golf,” Golf Digest’s Max Adler quoted his subject of six years ago as saying.

Let’s hope he does.


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