Mar
15
2013
The John Daly saga: And then there was 10
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

John Daly always makes things interesting

John Daly posted a score of 10 or higher on one hole for the 15th time at the Tampa Bay Championship on Friday. There’s no official record of this compelling stat (but there should be, hint hint!), but to the media’s knowledge, Daly probably ranks first in this category.

Daly carded a sextuple-bogey 10 on the par-4 third hole at Innisbrook in the second round. Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel recounts the action:

After hitting his tee shot left of the cart path, Daly tried to punch back toward the fairway, but according to the PGA Tour’s Shotlink program, he could only advance the ball 5 inches. He was then forced to take an unplayable, try again, take another unplayable, and then hit one about a foot before advancing it into the left rough on his seventh shot.

From 155 yards out, he came up about 30 yards short of the green, then pitched to a foot and tapped in for a 10 – with one putt.

And we wonder why Daly still attracts a sizable gallery regardless of how he’s playing!

For what it’s worth, Daly didn’t withdraw, sticking it out and posting a 10-over 81. He shot a one-over 72 in the previous round. More good news: He didn’t finish DFL.

Thanks to the AP, here’s a list of the 15 times Daly has made a 10 or higher on a hole on the PGA Tour:

18 – 1998 Bay Hill Invitational (Bay Hill), par-5 sixth hole, fourth round.

14 – 2000 U.S. Open (Pebble Beach), par-5 18th hole, first round.

13 – 2011 John Deere Classic (TPC John Deere), par-4 fourth hole, second round.

12 – 1994 Freeport-McMoRan Classic (English Turn), par-5 15th hole, second round.

12 – 1996 BellSouth Classic (TPC Sugarloaf), par-5 eighth hole, second round.

11 – 1999 U.S. Open (Pinehurst No. 2), par-4 eighth hole, fourth round.

11 – 2002 PGA Championship (Hazeltine), par-4 16th hole, first round.

11 – 2005 Bay Hill Invitational (Bay Hill), par-4 18th hole, fourth round.

10 – 1995 Nestle Invitational (Bay Hill), par-5 sixth hole, second round.

10 – 1998 British Open (Royal Birkdale), par-4 18th hole, second round.

10 – 1998 Las Vegas Invitational (TPC Summerlin), par-5 13th hole, fifth round.

10 – 1999 Memorial (Muirfield Village), par-4 18th hole, first round

10 – 2004 Chrysler Classic of Tucson (Tucson National), par-3 fourth hole, third round.

10 – 2009 Buick Open (Warwick Hills), par-5 first hole, second round.

10 – 2013 Tampa Bay Championship (Innisbrook), par-4 third hole, second round.

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