Friday, July 18, 2008
John Daly Shoots 89, David Duval Continues to Roll
This picture was taken during the practice round at Royal Birkdale. It was a picture of two former British Open champions at the butt-end of their career, just hoping to have a little lightening strike at times and maybe make a check.
My, what a difference two days make.
David Duval shot 73-69 to land in a tie for fourth, looking sharp in all aspects of his game for the first time in years. John Daly fired rounds of 80-89 to find himself in last place, a week he won't soon forget for many reasons.
It's great to see a player like Duval having such a fantastic week, bringing back memories of Royal St. Georges to anyone that has followed golf the past decade. It's miserably dejecting to see a player like Daly, hanging his head and putting around the hole like a kid learning how to hold the club.
We'll get to see over the next two days if Duval is for real, or just toying with our emotions. He's kept it together for two days and personally claims to be hitting it as good as ever. Daly we won't see, and probably for good measure. If he's going to continue to chase this white ball around the course, he's going to need to figure some stuff out.
The practice round picture looked like two guys in the exact same place in their careers. I guess a photo can be extremely deceiving.
Photo courtesy of Stuart Franklin, Getty Images