The scoreboard shows a no score for John Daly of the USA after he withdrew during day one of the 2011 Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club at The Lakes Golf Club on November 10, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.
The scoreboard shows a no score for John Daly of the USA after he withdrew during day one of the 2011 Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club at The Lakes Golf Club on November 10, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Getty Images

Daly's playing future in tatters

JOHN Daly's playing future lay in tatters after golf's 'Wild Thing' enraged officials with a petulant mid-round walk-off at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Daly was immediately banned from this month's PGA Championship at Coolum and has almost certainly hit his last competitive ball in Australia following his extraordinary meltdown at The Lakes.

The two-time major champion hacked seven balls into the water on the 11th hole and was heading for an inconceivable 18, at least, on the par-5 before calling it quits and retreating to his Sydney hotel in a tournament courtesy car with his son.

Daly was already seven over par after taking a two-stroke penalty on the 10th for hitting the wrong ball out of a greenside bunker.

It was the second time in three years Daly had embarrassed Open officials after the former US PGA and British Open winner smashed a spectator's camera during the first round at Royal Sydney in 2008.

Read more at nzherald.co.nz


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