John Daly put three golf balls into Lake Michigan on a par-3 hole. He hit the green on his fourth try — and proceeded to launch his 6-iron into the water.
KOHLER, Wis. – John Daly put three golf balls into Lake Michigan. And one golf club.
Daly suffered another mini-meltdown in a major tournament Friday in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. He hit three tee shots into the lake to the right of the par-3 seventh hole. The fourth found the green — and after taking a few steps, Daly heaved his 6-iron into the water.
“It shows you care, that’s all,” said Daly, who made a 10 on the hole. “I’m sure I’ll get reprimanded for it.”
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It was the 17th time in his one-of-a-kind PGA Tour career he made a 10 or worse on a hole.
Daly, who earned a lifetime exemption to the PGA Championship with his 1991 victory at Crooked Stick, wound up with a second-round 82.
He was right on the projected cut line when his round came crashing — or splashing, in this case — down.
“I know we all go through it,” he said. “But I seem to go through it more than anybody.”
Daly said he had his clubs tweaked to make sure he was hitting his typical right-to-left shot, but his shots on No. 7 kept missing to the right.
It wasn’t the first time this season a high-profile player threw a club out of frustration. Top-ranked Rory McIlroy hit a 3-iron shot into the lake to the left of the eighth hole at Trump National Doral in March, then heaved his club into the water.
“I’ve got him by 180 throws,” Daly said.