Daly shoots 83 Aussie Open’s 2nd round
Just when John Daly thought it was safe to return to Coolum, the scene of one of his most famous meltdowns, the course came back to get him again.
Daly shot a second-round 11-over-par 83 Friday at the Australian PGA after a first-round 71 Thursday to sit in 146th place and another missed cut. Last week, Daly also failed to qualify for the weekend at the Australian Open – by one stroke.
The American was destined to miss by a great deal more this week after nines of 43 and 40, including a triple bogey, three double bogeys, three bogeys and one birdie.
Daly refused to speak to media after his round and was driven from the course by the tournament promoter shortly after round.
In 2002, after taking a triple-bogey 7 on his last hole at the Hyatt Coolum course, Daly threw his putter and ball into a greenside pond and later failed to sign for a 78 on his scorecard, disqualifying himself from the tournament.
He was later fined $5,600 by the Australasian PGA Tour and was ordered to write a letter of apology to a tour official he verbally abused.
On Friday, Daly was in the same group as defending champion Robert Allenby and China’s Liang Wenchong, who both shot 68s. The trio teed off the 10th hole at 6:10 a.m.
Andrew Langford-Jones, the director of tournaments for the PGA of Australia, said Daly put balls in the water on the first, third and 18th holes.
”He was having some problems, but there was nothing ugly out there,” Langford-Jones said.
Daly bogeyed the 10th Friday, parred the next two holes before taking a double bogey on the par-3 water-lined 14th. Another bogey on the 16th gave him 40 for his first nine.
His bogeyed the par-5 first, had his only birdie of the day on the par-5 fifth before another double on the par-3 eighth.
Before the PGA, Daly said he was the victim of bad luck at the Australian Open at The Lakes in Sydney.
”My caddie said he has never seen anyone get more bad breaks hitting good shots than I did,” Daly said Tuesday.
”On the 17th (at The Lakes), I hit a 4-iron and I’m thinking I hit it perfect, and it goes over the back,” he said.
”From what the fans said, it just got a horrible break and went up right against the collar in the rough. It’s frustrating because you don’t know what to work on when you are hitting it that good and not scoring.”