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John Daly makes bizarre lifestyle claim during PNC Championship

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The top of the leaderboard at the end of yesterday’s PNC Championship could not have been more diverse.

As Team Singh – Vijay and son Qass – backed up their opening 59 with yet another 13-under score, memories turned to those constant reports of Singh Snr. and his constant work ethic, often seen on the range for many hours, even if winning a tournament.

Just below them sat John Daly’s I and II, defending champions and the only team to match that incredible number yesterday.

More impressive is that only yesterday, the two-time major champion commented he was having a “full knee replacement,” this Wednesday, and that he “can’t imagine how much pain [Tiger Woods is] in, but I know mine is — I had, my right knee replaced, three years ago, and it’s no fun when you can’t walk and can’t turn and be able to get out and practice enough and complete, which I can’t do right now, really.”

Of course, we know Daly for more than just a knee issue, with a career full of rule-breaking, drinking and gambling issues, as well as an extraordinarily long backswing and a tendency to play exciting, attacking golf.

Over the last couple of months, the colorful 56-year-old revealed that he had “begged” Greg Norman to play a part in LIV Golf, whilst just two days ago he revealed his best cure for a hangover.

The other thing Daly does is know how to make the news.

This week’s PNC Championship has seen some of the most worthy of personalities miked up, with none of Lee Trevino, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth ever afraid to speak their minds. Daly may be the most polarising of those, but he is nothing but honest.

Many years ago he blamed former coach Butch Harmon for demonising him as a drunk, forcing an opinion to the golfing world that “kind of destroyed my life for a little bit,” but in his PNC interview, Daly proudly spoke that:

“If I knew that I was going to live this long, I would have taken worse care of myself.”   

The words ‘flawed genius’ may never have been put to better use for a golfer.

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  1. Pingback: Paige Spiranac to take on PGA Tour legend in celebrity challenge match this Summer – GolfWRX

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  3. Leftshot

    Dec 20, 2022 at 10:59 am

    John Daly is the poster child for destructive living.

  4. Pingback: Morning 9: Tiger’s new normal | KFT members can earn US Open points | Rory: Major is close – GolfWRX

  5. A.Steffens

    Dec 19, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    YES!!!

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Report: PGA Tour winner latest player to sign with LIV Golf

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Another PGA Tour winner is headed to LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Colombian Sebastian Munoz has agreed to a deal with the rival circuit. Munoz adds to the growing list of Spanish speaking players on LIV including Joaquin Niemann, Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Mito Pereira and Eugenio Chacarra.

Munoz has previously won the Sanderson Farms Championship and has six additional top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour.

At the time of his signing, the 30-year-old was ranked 90th in the Official World Golf Rankings. Munoz is set to make his LIV Golf debut at Mayakoba on February 24-26.

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Bubba Watson says that he will beg Jay Monahan to play in this PGA Tour event

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Bubba Watson, who joined LIV Golf last year, is still hoping he can play in a PGA Tour event.

The two-time major champion plans to “beg” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to allow Watson and his son to play in next year’s PNC Championship, which is an event that consists of a father/son or father/daughter tandem with one professional on each team.

“My son, like I said, he doesn’t play golf, but now his whole goal was – I’ll put this out there, his whole goal was to play in the PNC, which is the parent-junior, and now I’m not allowed to play in it. As soon as I see Jay Monahan – if Jay Monahan is watching this, I’ll see you at Augusta and I’ll try to beg you to let us play the PNC again.”

Watson and the other LIV golfers who were previously exempt or top-50 in the world will still get a chance to compete in this year Masters Tournament, to which Bubba is grateful.

“I was very thankful that we get to go back to the Masters. Then LIV announced their schedule, so I won’t be able to go to the women’s tournament or the Drive, Chip & Putt with the kids because we’ll be in Orlando. But it’s one year, I’m going to definitely be in the ears of people at LIV and try to see if I can get back there because I want to support what the Masters means to the game of golf, what the membership of Augusta means to the game of golf, and I would love to be there for the Women’s Amateur and the kids on Sunday.”

The 44-year-old (along with all LIV players) is currently suspended from the PGA Tour but will make his first start since the PGA Championship in May of 2022 at this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club after missing time with a torn meniscus.

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Patrick Reed issues statement following rules controversy in Dubai

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On his way to finishing runner-up at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic, Patrick Reed found himself caught up in two incidents of note.

The first, widely nicknamed ‘Tee Gate’ saw a pre-event spat between Reed and the world number one and tournament favourite Rory McIlroy, resulting in the former Masters winner lobbing a LIV-branded tee in his opponent’s direction. Little were they aware that it would take a birdie at each of the final two holes for McIlroy to overcome the most talked-about player in golf.

The second newsworthy episode involved Reed losing his ball up a tree on the 17th fairway, an escapade that resulted in a social media frenzy asking whether the ball found was, in fact, the correct ball and how several marshals identified it.

The DP World Tour’s statement at the time cleared Reed, stating that, “Using binoculars [the DP World Tour Chief Referee] joined the player in the area and asked him to identify his distinctive ball markings,” and “was satisfied that a ball with those markings was lodged in the tree.”

Video footage and players’ comments subsequently pointed to the ball flying into a different tee, but in Reed’s defence, he was likely to have been advised to the exact tree to look into, rather than guess himself.

He signed for a bogey five on the hole, a score that could have been one shot worse if having to reload on the tee box.

Reed himself sees the event much like most did the tee-peg incident – as something and nothing – and posted a statement to that effect on Twitter today:

With that all over, this week Reed returns to the Asian Tour for the Saudi International, where he meets up with much of his LIV counterparts in an event dominated by two-time champion Dustin Johnson.

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