John Daly takes a walk, might not be welcomed back

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His rap sheet is worse in the United States, where Daly had his “Tin Cup” moment at Bay Hill, swatted a moving ball on the turtleback greens of Pinehurst No. 2 in the 1999 U.S. Open, took a 14 on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach in the 2000 U.S. Open after hitting three balls into the Pacific Ocean.

It’s a long list.

In a text message Thursday night to The Associated Press, Daly said he still can’t find confidence in his game after his injury nearly five years ago. He also never imagined he would run out of golf balls during a round.

“I love the fans here in Australia. They’ve been great,” Daly said. “I’ve never played well here. Try too hard and it backfired. It might not be bad if they ban me … because I’ve never played well here. But I do love the people here and this beautiful country. I take responsibility for my actions. I always have and I don’t blame anybody but myself.”

Herden found his behavior Thursday in Sydney to be “disappointing,” and his hope was that the PGA Tour would discipline Daly.

Australian officials are just as guilty for enabling him by giving Daly invitations.

Daly remains a popular draw. He is popular with his peers. It is hard to find tour players who don’t enjoy his company. He still hits the long ball, and it’s impressive to watch. He makes easy conversation. He is fun to be around.

Rare is a player who can be pleasant company, with behavior that doesn’t match.

“Normally, character comes through the way we play,” Parry said.

Parry was quick to defend Daly. As he watched ball after ball after ball go into the water, he says Daly had the right club and should have been able to hit the green. The trouble was the strength of the left-to-right wind that kept that from happening.

“The first one came up short,” Parry said. “The second one would have got midway up the green.”

Yes, and what about the next five?

“You can laugh,” Parry told a group of reporters who were doing just that. “He’s out there trying. When you go to the other side of the world, you go there to do the best.”

Parry was asked if he had ever walked off the course in the middle of the round. He shook his head.

Why not?

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