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DALY DOINGS: John Daly tied for 51st at the Transitions Championship, notable because it ended a streak of 11 consecutive tournaments played outside of the United States.

Daly, who moved up 15 spots to No. 285 in the world ranking, doesn’t get as many exemptions as when he first lost his full PGA Tour card after the 2006 season. He still gets ample exemptions in Europe, Asia and Australia, although he might have burned some bridges by hitting seven shots into the water at the Australian Open until he ran out of golf balls.

For a guy who doesn’t like to fly, Daly makes do in Europe.

“I still hate it,” he said. “But once I get over there, you can play eight or nine events in Europe and not have an hour flight.”

Surprisingly, he doesn’t long for the days when commercial jets once had a smoking section in the back of the plane.

“I was never a guy who liked to smoke on the plane,” Daly said. “I hated it. I don’t mind not smoking in airports.”

Daly played for the first time since he withdrew from the Avantha Masters in India with a tendon injury in his elbow. He said his long irons are what’s suffering.

As for that trip to India?

“I felt at home in India because there’s a lot of pigs in the street,” Daly said, referring to his Arkansas roots. “The only thing I don’t like is you can’t get a steak, can’t get a burger because of religious reason. But I did get a Diet Coke.”


DIVOTS: TaylorMade-Adidas has agreed to acquire Adams Golf for $70 million. … Tony Navarro has switched bags again and now works for Bud Cauley. There was a chance of him working for Angel Cabrera at the Masters, but Navarro wants a week at home with his family. He’ll be back to Augusta National again. As a caddie, he has had four runner-up finishes at the Masters _ Raymond Floyd (1985), Greg Norman (1996, 1999) and Adam Scott (2011). … Luke Donald has 23 finishes in the top 10 since the start of the 2010 season, the most of anyone on the PGA Tour and a 54 percent rate.


STAT OF THE WEEK: Adam Scott was the only PGA Tour member at the Tavistock Cup who did not play the Transitions Championship or the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.


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