Jul
9
2013
John Daly ailing again, withdraws from British Open
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
John Daly hurts drinking arm

John Daly hurts drinking arm

John Daly just can’t seem to get a break. It’s always something — whether it’s his run-ins with the law, gambling, drinking problem, or injuries to his shoulder, hamstring, big toe, etc. Daly, the people’s champion, withdrew from the Greenbrier Classic last Friday — which isn’t an uncommon occurrence — citing an elbow injury.

He announced on Twitter that he needed elbow surgery, which would sideline him for three-four months (see tweet below), and on Monday, he officially withdrew from the Open Championship.

Daly said he first noticed something was wrong at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May and tests revealed a torn tendon, but doctors said he could continue playing as long as he didn’t hit a rock or tree root, according to the AP.

“And that’s what happened on the 12th hole Friday at Greenbrier,” Daly said. “I was just trying to chip out and there was a root under the ball. It wasn’t more than 50-yard chip shot. But that’s the pain I’ve been dealing with.”

Daly is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday and will start rehabilitation in September. Doctors told him that if all goes well, he can start playing golf again in the late fall.

Unfortunately, this means Daly will not only miss the Open Championship, but the PGA Championship, which he is also eligible for as a past champion.

“I hate missing the British Open, especially at Muirfield. It’s one of the best on the planet,” Daly told the AP.

Daly won the 1995 Open Championship in St. Andrews.

“What really (stinks) about this is that I was getting ready to play seven in a row, and that’s when I played my best golf last year,” he said, via the AP. “My goal was to get into those four qualifying tournaments at the end of the year.”

Daly hasn’t had full playing privileges on the PGA Tour since 2006. He has made 12 starts — all sponsor’s invites — on the PGA Tour this season and has only made four cuts. His best finish was T50 at the Puerto Rico Open in March.

Last year, he went through a promising stretch, where he had three consecutive finishes in the top 20, putting him in a good position to re-earn his Tour card. But he had a rough weekend at the tournament in Vegas and then missed the cut in his final two events. However, he did finish 145th on the money list, the highest for him since 2005.