Over the years I have never become a true fan of Australia (although I used to enjoy playing darts at the Tranzac Club in Toronto), but this has changed now that Peter Senior, Chairman of the Australasian Tour, has invited JOHN DALY to play in the Australian Masters this week. Hopefully John can conjur up a few rounds like his final 62 at last week’s Hong Kong Open.
Stuart Appleby (he represents the Australia that I’m not sure I like) was first off the blocks complaining that Daly is a train wreck, guessing that people turn their heads to watch the wreck. “I don’t think he’s here because of his world ranking (692 and improving)”. What Appleby failed to mention is people can relate to John Daly, he’s more normal than the average tour aspirant.
I watched Daly at last year’s PGA Tour MAYAKOBA OPEN. At times he showed his uniqueness with the driver on the course, at times he would hit an iron into the jungle. He’s won two majors (Stuart, how many have you won?) on two continents. So what if he spent a night in jail recently just because he fell asleep outside a Hooters Restaurant in North Carolina. Haven’t we all? So what if he was recently selling autographed golf balls for $10.00 each in a Vegas casino. Tiger just lost his GM contract, he’ll probably get $25.00 per ball. At least the Australian Masters invited him to possibly “find his game”. After last week’s 62 Daly commented “Maybe I can still play a bit” as he accepted the $40,000 cheque.
Apparently John did not receive one of the hefty appearance fees usually given out to attract name players to Australia, instead he accepted travel expenses and room and board. I for one will be hoping he plays four days of exciting golf, and beats Stuart Appleby. He doesn’t have a good track record down under, twice not signing his card, time for changes is the new calling card. GO JOHN!