Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Daly DQ'd From Palmer Invitational

John Daly was disqualified from this week's Arnold Palmer invitational after he missed his tee time for the Wednesday pro-am. Under PGA Tour rules, a player who misses the pro-am is automatically disqualified from the tournament unless he is ill or has extenuating circumstances. Daly's DQ also effectively disqualified two other players, Ryuji Imada and Nick O'Hern, who were the first alternates for the pro-am. Neither were at the golf course when Daly failed to show so they also were knocked out of the tournament. Hardly seems fair that they have to pay for Daly's mistake. It will be interesting to see how many more tournament sponsors will be willing to take a chance on Daly given recent events.

Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Kel Nagle.

Harmon Dumps Daly

At the same time that Butch Harmon announced he is fed up with John Daly’s antics, the pro from Hooters career on the PGA Tour may be headed to a crashing end. Less than a week after Daly celebrated missing yet another cut at the Pods Championship by hanging out in the Hooters beer tent on Saturday, Harmon informed him that he will no longer offer him swing advice. "My whole goal for him was he's got to show me golf is the most important thing in his life," Harmon told The Associated Press from his golf school in Las Vegas. "And the most important thing in his life is getting drunk." In case you missed it, Daly spent part of rain delay at the Pods in a Hooters hospitality tent and then emerged with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John Gruden as his caddie. After shooting 77-80 to miss the cut, Daly returned to the tent on Saturday drinking with fans and signing autographs. The Tampa Tribune ran a series of photos, including one of Daly signing the back of a woman’s jeans. Real display of professional behavior, John. Daly, who has lost his tour status, is playing on sponsors exemptions. I’ll bet Arnold Palmer regrets handing him one this week. Daly appears to be setting new levels of self-destructive behavior and the sponsors, who still think he draws fans, are now enablers for the drunken clown prince of the PGA Tour.

Hitting range balls while wonder whatever happened to Jerry Heard.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Isenhour Tripped By Hawk

Nationwide Tour pro Tripp Isenhour's recent “birdie” has landed him in trouble with the Humane Society and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Isenhour killed a protected red-shouldered hawk during the filming of a TV show when he knocked it out of tree during the filming of a TV show. He has been charge with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird, misdemeanors that could result in 14 months in jail and $1,500 in fines. Isenhour apparently was annoyed that the hawk was make noise during shooting for a TV program in December at the Grand Cypress golf Club. He started hitting balls at the squawking hawk from 300 yards away. When the bird moved with 75 yards of the film crew and started squawking again, Isenhour stated hitting balls at it again and knocked it out of the tree, falling to the ground bleeding from its nostrils. Isenhour apologized Thursday, apparently after the Humane Society contacted the PGA Tour and demanded his be punished. "As soon as this happened, I was mortified and extremely upset and continue to be upset,'' Isenhour said in a statement issued through his management company, SFX Golf. "I want to let everyone know there was neither any malice nor deliberate intent whatsoever to hit or harm the hawk. I was trying to simply scare it into flying away.'' No one in the film crew stopped Isenhour.

Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Jack Rule.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Els Finally Wins

Ernie Els finally won another golf tournament. Els fired a final round 67 Sunday to win the Honda Classic by one stroke over Luke Donald for his first PGA Tour victory since his win at the Memorial in 2004. Earlier this year, he blew a four stroke lead over Tiger Woods in the final round in Dubai. Last year, Boo Weekley chipped in twice in the final three holes at Hilton Head to beat Els. Australian Matt Jones was one shot off the lead until he hit his tee shot on the par three 17th into the water and missed his put for bogey. He finished in a tie for fourth with Mark Calcavecchia who was tied for the lead until he made a double on the par three 15th hole.

Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Al Besselink.