Oh, That John Daly
By mustang6560 on 3/3/11
I have a hard time taking John Daly serious, but I must admit, he makes everything interesting.
John Daly is suing organizers of the Honda Classic, claiming he injured himself while trying to stop his backswing after being distracted by a fan taking his picture while he was playing in the tournament.

The two-time major winner filed a complaint in a Florida court on Wednesday seeking $15,000 in damages, alleging he aggravated an old injury as a female patron took a flash picture of him during the 2007 edition of the tournament.
From the obnoxious clothing he wears, to the TV staff bag to the good ole days of cigarettes and whiskey, it's hard to ignore Daly's influence on the game of golf (not to mention his 300+ yard drives). And his latest statement is suing the Honda Classic.

It's not very often you hear something like this. I do think he has a point - security at the course failed by letting this women in with a camera. However, did it really aggravate an old injury? I feel like he's going to have a hard time trying to prove that in court. If it's an old injury, maybe it never healed properly in the first place. To be fair to John, with as much force as he puts behind his swing, I can see how he could pull a muscle trying to stop it.

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This lawsuit smells of the perfect contrived publicity stunt for the PGA. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but no press is bad press right? And this is definitely going to get some press. With the game of golf struggling for viewership and attendance, golf needs people like Daly to help attract fans. OK, maybe it's a stretch :)



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bkuehn1952 says:
This move should really make him popular with tournaments when he asks for a sponsor's exemption.
3/3/11
 
homermania says:
Why would you need a photo in the first place when the outfits are burned into your retina?
3/3/11
 
mustang6560 says:
@homermania- just to serve as a reminder ;)
3/3/11
 
TeT says:
There was something else betwixt him and the Honda Classic, he was P.O.'d about getting snubbed on sponsors exemption there for this year... bottom line if they had let him in, no lawsuit...
3/3/11
 
Banker85 says:
@BKUEHN: Agreed. what an obnoxious move on his part makes him look petty and cheap to sue for 15k. were did he get that $amt. anyway? and why wait until now to sue? Ever since i seen 1 or 2 episodes of "being John Daly" i lost respect for the guy. and this validates it. Doubt any conspiracies going on here. "The Golf Channel averaged 771,000 viewers for its three days of Match Play Championship coverage, up 84 percent from the previous year. NBC Sports said it had an average of 2.5 million viewers for its weekend coverage, up from 1.5 million a year ago"
3/3/11
 
wrhall02 says:
JD is a tool. If he would put as much energy into practicing as his other antics...
3/3/11
 
toothid says:
I think the smart move would be to pay him the 15 grand and watch all of his sponsor exemptions dry up. JD went from a "talent" to a "novelty" to a "dam fool". his time has come and gone. His rep for hitting it long is being dwarfed by Bubba, JB Holmes , and Dustin Johnson. Give him credit for loosing his weight, but his "15 minutes of golf fame" are over.
3/3/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Next Haney project?
3/3/11
 
glenrich says:
The 2007 edition of the tournament?
I checked around it looks like he originally filed the lawsuit back in 2008.
This is just a continuation of the lawsuit that has been around for 3 years.
This is old news and everyone is talking like it just happened.
3/3/11
 
mmontisano says:
this is an old, ongoing lawsuit for the past 3 or 4 years now. after he originally filed the lawsuit years ago, he still asked Honda for a sponsors exemption. when they didn't give it to him (would you?), he ramped up the proceedings and even went on record expressing his disbelief that they would let him play in their tournament.

i have no respect for Daly anymore. he feels that he is a special little snowflake and doesn't need to earn his money like everyone else.
3/3/11
 
windowsurfer says:
The fact that someone clicking a picture is potentially cause for a law suit is, incredibly, a part of a sad sickness in golf. Yelling, "Keep still please, thank YOU," cuz some spectator, who paid $200 to get there btw, checked their watch 200 yards away. C'mon, MAN! Show me some stitches, a concussion, 000's of people screaming at the top of their ever-luvin lungs, and the need to wear a cup - snort! - then we can talk.
3/3/11
 
DougE says:
Okay, so he's not the pure-bred Tom Watson type. But he is like many guys I see out there on the weekend, smoking big stogies, and working their 2nd six-pack by the back 9, dressed in questionable "golf" apparel. That's what makes him lovable. Many not-so-perfect golfers can relate to him. I say, to each his own. More power to him for extending his career any way he can.
3/4/11
 
Matt F says:
@DougE...I know you'll probably get hosed because of your comment...but Amen brother!
3/4/11
 
Trav says:
Daly has a point. I mean, can you imagine the carnage if pro athletes in other sports had to suffer the distraction of spectator noise while they were performing?
3/4/11
 
bducharm says:
Guys, I think we can all agree it's not about noise, it's about SUDDEN noise. I think we all could swing with constant noise going on. Hell, I learned to play golf as a young Airman on bases with jet fighters taking off and landing over my head. I too get "spooked" by sudden noise during the swing. I just can't stop my swing like Tiger or Daly. I would rip everything if I did!!!
3/4/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
@Ttrav
Taking my vuvuzela to the US open at the Olympic
3/4/11
 
Banker85 says:
i feel the pros should be able to block out little things like that, i mean you cant expect 100% silence on every shot.
3/4/11
 
Trav says:
@bducharm - you are right- but there are degrees. If everybody held their breath and suddenly yelled "Beer" at top of his swing in unison, understandable that could distract him. A camera is not usually that loud, esp. if there's usually background noise, like Eldrick muttering on the next tee box after his drive.
3/4/11
 
falcon50driver says:
It's curious that a baseball player can hit a ball only slightly larger than a golf ball screaming toward him at 100 miles per hour, with thousands of people yelling at the top of their lungs, and a glofer has trouble hitting a ball perched up on a tee perfectly still and in almost absolute silence. What a bunch of pussies,
3/5/11
 
DougE says:
Merlin: Not disagreeing with you in general, but when that baseball player can hit that ball an exact yardage, to an exact spot, while drawing it around a tree, then I'll really agree. I'm just sayin'.
3/7/11
 
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