John Daly is out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational after missing his pro-am tee time.
That follows being fired by his coach Butch Harmon.
“My whole goal for him was he’s got to show me golf is the most important thing in his life,” Harmon said. “And the most important thing in his life is getting drunk.”
What Daly’s doing to himself is bad enough. What’s even worse about missing the Arnold Palmer tee time is that he cost two other players an opportunity:
Imada and O’Hern were alternates for the pro-am, and both thought they were assigned to the afternoon group. Instead, they were the first two names called when Daly didn’t show, and when neither was around, they also were disqualified from the $5.8 million event.
O’Hern lives only five minutes away at Isleworth and was furious to learn he would not be eligible.
“When I should have been on the tee, I was giving my girls breakfast,” O’Hern said. “I thought common sense would have prevailed. This is a tough one to take. Unfortunately, we got caught up in John’s snowball effect.”
Daly hasn’t had a tour card for two years and has been existing off sponsors’s exemptions. Rumors say that he’s millions in debt and has a serious alcolhol problem.
It’s sad to see such talent go to waste. I’m afraid that at the rate he’s going, it’s only a matter of time before he hurts himself or someone else.