John Daly is one of the game's more flamboyant characters and, despite being a two-time Major winner, it's perhaps some of the other on-course actions that have made the American known to fans and viewers around the world.
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Going into the Regions Tradition, the first Major on the PGA Tour Champions schedule, the 56-year-old had been struggling for form, with Daly shooting just a sole round in the 60s throughout 2022. However, at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama, the American carded a four-under-par 68 to begin the first round of the tournament.
On the second day, he began on the back nine and, after three birdies on the 13th, 16th and 18th, Daly was going along rather well. That score increased further, with another birdie on the second, his 11th, putting the American at eight-under-par for the tournament.
But, in a blow-up which we have seen from Daly previously, he would finish disappointingly with a double-bogey on both the seventh and ninth, his 16th and 18th, to finish level-par for the day.
Although it was a poor finish, the 56-year-old was still lying in 16th place and just seven shots back of leader, Steve Stricker. Not only that, but there were still 36 holes of golf to play, plenty of time for Daly to catch and make up ground.
However, as it turned out, we won't be seeing 'Long John' over the weekend, as it was revealed that Daly had been disqualified for not signing his scorecard following the conclusion of the second round. Signing your card is one of golf's important scorecard rules and is crucial for all players to do after the round.
In 541 career PGA Tour starts, Daly was DQ’d five times, with the last being at the 2003 Valero Texas Open. However, this is the first time Daly has been disqualified from a PGA Tour Champions event after 102 career starts.
Previously, the American has been disqualified for failing to sign his scorecard. At the 2002 Australian PGA Championship, Daly threw his putter into the lake by the 18th green before walking off and packing his bags. Although he failed to sign his scorecard, he would have missed the cut by eight strokes.
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Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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