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Daly quits Australian Open mid round

Posted Nov 18, 2011 by Chris White

John Daly walked off at the Australian Open

American golfer John Daly sensationally quit the Australian Open last week, mid way through his first round. The two-time major winner shook hands with playing partner Craig Parry and walked off after hitting six balls into the water from the 11th tee.

Tournament director Trevor Herden was furious with Daly, saying that “this is the last time we will see John Daly at this tournament. If you run out of balls, as he claims, then you call the course officials and we replenish the stock.”

Daly stormed off the course and later Tweeted that “when you run out of balls, you run out of balls. Yes I shook my playing partner’s hand and signed my card with the rules official.”

Daly, now 45-years old, stormed off during his second round at the Austrian Open in September this year following a rules infringement, and in the 2008 Australian Open, he smashed the camera of a spectator who he felt had put him off.

The PGA of Australia has said that has withdrawn Daly’s invitation to take part in the Australian PGA Championship starting on 24th November, and also that he would not receive an appearance fee for either event.

Chief Executive Brian Thorburn said “The PGA does not need this kind of behaviour tarnishing the achievements of other players and the reputation of our tournaments.”

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