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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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That’s one way to grow the game: First Nude Golf Day held in Australia



Ready your shaft and balls jokes, golf fans, it’s time for the tale of the the first Wandering Bears Nude Golf Day at (you can’t make this stuff up) Humpty Doo Golf Club in Australia.

According to a Northern Territory News report, Bruce Jensen and Julie Jarvie of Brujul Nude Retreat organized the event. They agreed to steer clear of the seventh and eight holes because those are next to the clubhouse and, presumably, the membership loaned the course out to the nudists for the day but they didn’t particularly want to see a flesh parade while chowing down in the grill room.

The event attracted about 30 swingers of the golf club. Jensen promises there will be more golfers sans clothes at next year’s event.

And here are a couple of quotes from participants in the event, presented without comment because, well, what can you really say?

“There’s plenty of sun block. And the sausage sizzle got people going a bit.”

“Everything is swinging when you play golf nude.”

It’s unclear whether “sausage sizzle” was a literal or figurative term…

So, while some of us are bellyaching about the state of the game, Jensen, Jarvie, the Wandering Bears, and the Humpty Doo Golf Club are doing something about it…albeit something that 99.9 percent of golfers would never consider.

But seriously. Good on you, participants in/organizers of Nude Golf Day. We always talk about playing golf the way that suits you — nine holes, teeing it forward, on a simulator, etc. — and these folks are truly doing it.

What say you, GolfWRX members, anyone plan to wander fairways in the buff with the Wandering Bears next year?

(image c/o Clive Hyde)

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Rickie Fowler sings the praises of slow greens. What do you think?



Following his opening-round 64 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open yesterday, Rickie Fowler had some interesting remarks about his enjoyment of slower greens.

Writing for Golfweek, Geoff Shackelford mentioned Guillane “is playing firm and fast tee-to-fringe, the greens themselves are kept much slower than the typical European Tour course due to the possibility of high winds.”

Rickie Fowler, a past winner of the tournament, suggested slower greens may actually show who the better putters are.

“I think it’s kind of nice because (you) actually get to hit the putt, you’re not just trying to hit it to a spot and letting it work to the hole unless you have a downhill, downwind putt,” he said. ‘“You have to use your imagination as far as creativity and trying to judge how much the wind will affect it. At the end of the day, you just have to hit solid putts.”’

“Slower greens may accentuate a mis-hit putt more. Whereas if you have a downhill putt in the States you kind of just have to hit it to get it going. Here, you mis-hit it a little bit uphill, into the wind and it can be a pretty big difference.”

While Shackelford, advocate for rolling back the ball and against “firm and fast” that he is, saw great important in Fowler’s remarks, he’s not at all wrong to highlight them

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Is it worth reading anything into Fowler’s remarks? Clearly, with current ball distances, pros would be shooting fish in a barrel with their approach shots on greens that stimp at nine or 10, right?

Let us know what you think!

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It’s a boom time for Phil Mickelson stories



A few tasty morsels are being served for fans of the game’s greatest left-hander today.

Coming on the heels of Alan Shipnuck’s superb ride along with Phil (as in, riding in Mickelson’s souped-up golf cart) the other day, Lefty had plenty of note to say at the Scottish Open (per John Huggan). 

Question: Do you think the backlash has been over the top?

“You have to be accountable for yourself,” said Mickelson. “I do a lot of dumb stuff. I had that rules deal at Greenbrier last week. And last year at Greenbrier I picked up my ball in the middle of the fairway, marked it and cleaned it. I have these like just moments where I’m in a ‘cloud.’ I’m not really sure what I’m doing. I’m just going through the motions and not really aware of the moment. I’ve done that a bunch in my career. I keep doing stuff like that. That’s the way my mind works.”

Next question: “One of the confusing things for people is that you said after the round at the U.S. Open on Saturday that you thought about doing it a lot of times before, and that indicated that maybe it was premeditated what you did?”

“Not only was I not great on the course, I was not great after the round, either…So it was just not a great day, and it was my birthday. I tend to do dumb stuff on my birthday. The way I show anger is not the traditionally accepted way, throwing clubs and berating the fans and marshals. I tend to be a little more passive aggressive in my actions, and that was kind of what I was doing.”

And if that weren’t good enough, filed a roundup of some great Mickelson stories, courtesy of his fellow Tour pros and others.

Keegan Bradley

“I have a Phil story from Muirfield Village, at the 2013 Presidents Cup. We were doing really well, playing alternate shot, and we were dormie, 6 up with whatever left to play. And I had about a 5-foot putt on 13 to win the match — and it 360ed the hole. Lipped out. I got up on the next hole, it’s my tee and just a 3-iron, but I was rattled — I hit this 3-iron 100 yards right. So they win that hole. And then we get to the next hole, a par 5, and we get up there and I’ve got 5 feet for birdie; Graham DeLaet has about 25 feet for his birdie.”

“So all Graham has to do is miss his putt and we win the match. And Phil looks over at Graham and goes, ‘Pick it up, it’s good.’ And I looked over at Phil and I’m like, Are you kidding me? Now, if I miss the putt, we lose the hole. So I was pissed. But then, sure enough, I made the putt, we won the match. Now it’s funny — but if I’d missed the putt it wouldn’t have been funny. Now he says he knew I was rattled and he wanted me to make that putt to win the match. So, typical Phil, trying to teach lessons. But it was wild. I mean, a 25-footer!”

Xander Schauffele

“This year, I played all four rounds at the Waste Management with Phil, and it was incredible. I feel like I got the full Phil experience. But the coolest moment I’ve had with him was when I was on the Tour. I played a pickup round with Phil and Charley Hoffman at The Grand, my home course in San Diego, and [laughs] there’s so much banter between those guys. This was sort of my introduction into what the top dogs do. So we’re on the second hole, and I think Charley was already up on him. You know, they always gamble a certain amount of money.

“Phil’s about to tee off, and he’s pretending to struggle. He was like, ‘Oh, gosh, it’s so hard to swing.’ I was like, what’s going on? And Phil goes, ‘Here Charley, you mind holding onto this?’ And he pulls this wad of cash out of his back pocket! The whole day, I was sitting in the cart, just lookin’ around, like, ‘I’m not gonna say anything here; I’m just gonna let these guys battle it out.’ And it was so much fun. Phil showed how competitive and fun he can make golf.”

Check out the rest of the anecdotes here.

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