Jul
16
2010
So Long, John?
By Merf under British Open

If you would have told John Daly he’d catch Rory McIlroy on Friday, he’d probably take it. Daly now leads McIlroy by one…but he trails Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen by 10. Daly got battered around like most of the field, shooting a not-so-terrible second-round 76 on a nasty day at the British Open.

And then, according to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, Daly took out his frustration on a potted plant, knocking it over after signing his card and storming past media waiting for him.

A day after making seven birdies in the first 11 holes on his way to a 6-under 66, Daly only made one, at it wasn’t until the par-5 14th.

But this will tell you how bad the weather was/how different the course played. After averaging 324 yards off the tee Thursday, Daly was hitting it only 267 today. He only hit eight of 16 fairways, six less than Thursday. And a day after missing just one green, Daly only hit 13, and needed a whopping 36 putts.

Meanwhile, McIlroy had a potentially scarring day, backing up his 63 with an 80, but he still did a collected TV interview, and talked about how he was still in position for the weekend, despite tumbling to 1-under.

Wait, who’s the 21-year-old kid, and who’s the 44-year-old, former British Open champion?

With more crazy weather forecast this weekend, Daly’s not out of it. But he may already be out of it mentally.

[AP Photo/Jon Super]