John Daly Tracker: The Weekend Warrior
By mustang6560 on 10/8/12
The most compelling story of the Fall Series, in my opinion of course, is whether or not John Daly can earn his PGA Tour card for the first time since the '06 campaign (oh, and congrats to Ryan Moore for winning his second PGA Tour title).

Heading into the final Justin Timberlake edition of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, John was ranked 138th on the PGA Tour money list. If he could dig deep and move up at least 13 spots by the end of the Fall Series, the Arkansas alum could once again be a full-time member of the most successful professional golf tour in the world.

John opened with a steady 2-under-par 69 Thursday at TPC Summerlin. He followed that up with an 8-under-par 63, which put him in a strong position heading into the weekend. For a brief moment in time, it looked liked John Daly was poised to reclaim his spot on the PGA Tour. Then the weekend happened.
In the third round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas on Saturday, Daly ran up a score of 86, according to the accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers that was brought in to audit a scorecard that beggared belief. It came in the wake of the aforementioned 63 on a TPC Summerlin course that was substantially more generous than the Wynn slot machine was stubborn. Ryan Moore won with a record 72-hole score of 24-under par.

"His harshest critics will say that John quit," Golf Channel's Charlie Rymer said about Daly's round on Saturday. "Only John knows if he quit. I think for John this was a day that got way out of hand."
An 86? Really, JD? If we had a "C'mon man!" segment on oob, we'd definitely feature John Daly after his 21-over-par weekend performance in Las Vegas. But, I'm not ready to give up on John yet. He still has three more Fall Series events to earn enough money to sneak inside the top 125 on the money list. He did, however, make it harder on himself. He dropped five spots on the money list to 143 after his 71st finish. He needs to earn $164,381 over the next three tournaments, which means he needs a top 5 finish, or two top 10s, or three top 25s to get it done.

Good luck, John. I'm rooting for you!

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[ comments ]
birdieXris says:
It was painful to watch. He didn't play awfully though, that was the worst part. So many lip outs. Just soooo many. Every shot was a lipout putt. I'd say he had over 10 of them.
Panerai111 says:
He'd win if he wore some normal pants. :D
Torleif Sorenson says:
Dang... Panerai111 beat me to it.
BigTazz53 says:
I'm wondering if he came back to soon after his surgeries a couple weeks ago.
He is no spring hog anymore. Honestly Collecting 165 grand isn't out of the realm of possibilities for JD. I'm pulling for him and all the Loudmouth golfers.
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