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18.02 John Daly:
"I have had my ups and downs"
Dette sa John Daly rett etter at han vant sin utrolige seier sist helg, Golf Digest har sett på oppturer og nedturer for John Daly. Det er en lang liste.

John Daly er folkets champion. Stort sett alle var enige om at det var bra at John Daly vant Buick Invitational sist helg. Nå kan diettforskere, moralister, treningsfantaster etc. få hvile litt. John DAly er et naturtalent. Selvsagt trener han mye og effektivt, men han er ingen drøm for en som ønsker typiske atleter inn i golfsporten.

John Daly er elsket av fansen. Han kan igjen ta skyhøye honorarer for å stille opp i turneringer, men han bør passe seg for å ikke skuffe arrangørene med upassende oppførsel.

Golf Digest har publisert denne artikkelen som er satt sammen av Associated Press

A look at Daly's troubled past

A chronology of John Daly's highs and lows

August 1991: Wins 1991 PGA Championship at age 25.

December 1991: At the World Championship in Jamaica, he signs an incorrect card after shooting an 87 in the second round and is disqualified. Breaks putter in that round and finishes using an iron.

December 1991: Trashes hotel room in South Africa while drunk.

February 1992: Disqualified from the Australian Masters when he fails to sign his scorecard after shooting an 81 in the second round.

June 1992: Forced off New York-bound plane in Denver after confrontation with stewardess while drunk.

September 1992: Wins B.C. Open.

Dec. 20, 1992: Charged with third-degree assault of then-wife Bettye.

Dec. 30, 1992: Enters Sierra Tucson rehab center in Arizona.

Jan. 29, 1993: Returns to competition in Phoenix Open.

April, 1993: Receives divorce papers while at Masters.

May 24, 1993: Pleads guilty to harassment of Bettye; assault charge dropped.

June 1993: Disqualified from Kemper Open after not signing his card following a final-round 77.

November 1993: Picks up ball in second round of the Kapalua International after missing a birdie putt on No. 11 following double-bogeys on Nos. 7, 8 and 10. Suspended by PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman for three months.

March 8, 1994: Returns to PGA Tour. Says he has been sober for more than 14 months.

May 1994: Wins BellSouth, says it's first victory sober.

July, 1994: While at Scottish Open accuses other players of drug use.

August 1994: Scuffles with 62-year-old man after shooting 81 in final round of World Series of Golf.

September 1994: PGA Tour announces Daly agrees to sit out rest of year.

January 1995: Returns to PGA Tour.

July 1995: Wins British Open.

August 1996: Is seen drinking in public.

October 1996: Admits he is drinking again, calling it "social" drinking.

February, 1997: At the Heineken Classic in Australia, shoots a third-round 83 then plays the final round in just 2 hours, 10 minutes, angering tournament officials who paid huge appearance fee.

March 13, 1997: Cites sore hip and withdraws from Honda Classic.

March 27, 1997: Drinks for several hours in a bar after shooting a 76 in first round of Players Championship.

March 28, 1997: Cites sore hip and withdraws from Players Championship.

March 30, 1997: Says he will enter alcohol rehab.

April 8, 1997: Paulette Daly files for divorce.

April 28, 1997: Wilson Golf terminates Daly's contract.

May 27, 1997: Practices at Memorial Tournament for his return to the tour and announces an equipment deal with Callaway Golf.

June 13, 1997: Walks off the course after nine holes of the second round of the U.S. Open without informing his playing partners or USGA officials. Spokesmen say it is not alcohol related and say he was exhausted and will take several weeks off.

Aug. 14, 1997: Co-leader after first round of the PGA Championship with a 66. Follows with rounds of 73-77, throwing his driver over the fence during the third round.

March 22, 1998: Hits a 3-wood into the water six times in the final round of Bay Hill Invitational, takes an 18 on the par-5 sixth hole and shoots 85.

July 17, 1998: Needing a bogey to make the cut in the British Open, takes a 10 on the last hole.

Aug. 27, 1998: Gets a severe case of the shakes, breaks down and cries on the 15th green in the first round of the Greater Vancouver Open. Finishes his round, shoots 70 the next day but misses the cut by three strokes.

Oct. 8-11, 1998: With Mark O'Meara and Tiger Woods, represents the United States in the Dunhill Cup and goes 4-0.

June 3, 1999: Takes six putts from 8 feet on No. 18 in the first round of the Memorial and withdraws after an 82.

June 20, 1999: Swats a moving ball with his putter on No. 8 in the final round of the U.S. Open, taking an 11 on the hole and signing for an 81. "This is my last U.S. Open -- ever. I've had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments."

June 22, 1999: Apologizes for his behavior and comments about the USGA.

July 4, 1999: After a 74-81 weekend in the Irish Open, withdraws from the British Open.

Aug. 9, 1999: Withdraws from the PGA Championship.

Aug. 27, 1999: Returns to the PGA Tour for the first time in two months and misses the cut in the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Sept. 15, 1999: Callaway Golf terminates his contract, saying Daly violated an agreement not to drink or gamble.

April 11, 2000: In Auburn, Ala., for celebrity golf tournament, gets into argument with girlfriend Shanae Chandler in parking lot of McDonald's. Police are called to mediate the dispute. No charges are filed.

June 15, 2000: Returning to the U.S. Open, shoots a 14 on the par-5 18th hole and withdraws after an opening-round 83. Daly dumps three balls into the Pacific Ocean and hits another into a backyard adjacent to the fairway.

Dec. 31, 2000: Falls to No. 507 in the World Ranking.

June, 2001: Meets Sherrie Miller during the St. Jude Classic.

August, 2001: Marries Sherrie Miller, his fourth wife.

Sept. 2, 2001: Closes with a 66 to win the BMW International Open in Germany by one shot over Padraig Harrington, his first victory since the British Open.

Nov. 2, 2002: Playing a week after his mother died, throws his putter and ball into the lake on the 18th green after a 78 in the Australian PGA, where he received a $200,000 appearance fee. Disqualified for failing to sign his card. Fined $5,600 and ordered to write an apology to a tour official he verbally abused.

July 23, 2003: Daly's wife gives birth to his first son.

July 28, 2003: Daly's wife and her parents are indicted on federal drug and gambling charges.

Sept. 20, 2003: Hyperventilates on the 15th hole and withdrew from the 84 Lumber Classic. He later was treated for dehydration.

Oct. 3, 2003: Backhands putts and hits one-handed shots out of the rough for an 83 in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

Oct. 12, 2003: Closes with a 68 for a one-shot victory in the Korean Open, his first victory in two years.

Oct. 25, 2003: Agent Bud Martin denies report that Daly has been barred from the PGA Tour until he seeks treatment for his drinking.

Nov. 23, 2003: Shoots 69 for a one-shot victory in the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational, his second straight win and first on U.S. soil in nine years.

Dec. 21, 2003: Teams with Peter Jacobsen and Mark Calcavecchia to win the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge, his third straight victory.

Feb. 15, 2004: Wins the Buick Invitational in a three-man playoff, his first PGA Tour victory in nine years.

Som man forstår; det lå mye i John Dalys utsagn sist helg:
"I have had my ups and downs"

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