PALM HARBOR, Fla. — John Daly has gone 17 straight years on the PGA Tour with at least one round in the 80s. He didn’t manage that Friday in the Valspar Championship.
He missed a 4-foot putt on the final hole at Innisbrook and shot a career-high 90.
“I didn’t give up,” Daly said. “I tried.”
He used 12 of those shots on the 16th hole – tied for his fourth-highest score on any hole – but was more concerned with the putting yips. Daly said the yips began last Sunday in Puerto Rico and reached a low point at Innisbrook.
He took 70 putts over two days, including a four-putt on the second hole of Friday’s round.
“You’re going to have big scores on holes. That’s just the way golf is,” Daly said. “But when you’ve got the yips, that’s no fun.”
Daily started the 16th hole with a tee shot into the water. He had about 270 yards to cover the lake after his penalty drop and failed twice. From there, he hit a smother-hook well to the left of the water, only to hit what he described as a shank with his 7-iron well right of the green. He took three chips to reach the green and one-putted for a 12.
Daly hit three balls in the water.
“I got two good drops and hit a heel-cut 3-wood into the water,” he said. “Then I shanked a 7-iron, chili-dipped a chip, it was buried, didn’t get that out. … It was a good 12. I got up-and-down for 12.”
Meanwhile, Robert Garrigus
spent most of the practice days fishing in the lakes of Innisbrook, catching nearly three dozen bass. As for his day job, he bagged 10 birdies over two days and delivered the best score of the tournament, a 5-under 66 on Friday, to build a three-shot lead in the Valspar Championship.
Birdies boost Langer
At Newport Beach, Calif., Bernhard Langer birdied three of the final four holes for an 8-under 63 and a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic. Langer, the 2008 winner, had eight birdies in his bogey-free round.
Canizares in charge
At Agadir, Morocco, Spain’s Alejandro Canizares shot a 4-under 68 to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Trophy Hassan II.