Thursday, July 19, 2007
The Symmetrical Round of Daly and Life
If there has ever been more symmetry between a golf round and someone’s actual life travails it has to be John Daly’s first round at Carnoustie.
Mr. Daly ended with a three-over 74, a respectable score on a British Open course that equaled the likes of todays stars* like Chris Dimarco and Stuart Appleby.
What most of those guys didn’t do, however, was take the lead in the British Open with only seven holes to go. Daly was five-under after 11 before finishing with a three bogeys a double and a triple. The Arkansas hero went from first to a tie for 94th in a matter of minutes.
If you think about the round in relation to Daly’s golf career, it all makes sense. The man comes on the scene in 1991, winning the PGA Championship as the ninth and final alternate and followed that up with a British Open championship in 1995 at St. Andrews.
Since then, Daly has battled divorce, golfing troubles and steak knifes. The man come to us in the early 90s as the five-under par stud leading the British Open and has since dropped shot after shot, occasionally lifting our hopes of a return (the victory at the 2004 Buick Invitational), but letting the wind out of sails as quick as it had whipped up.
With Daly, you truly get a real life golf round, never really knowing what to expect until the final hole is complete.