This, Daly says, was not a club thrown in anger

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

John Daly has thrown golf clubs dur­ing fits of frus­tra­tion over the course of his wild ca­reer. He says his put­ter go­ing into a lake at a PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons event last week was not one of them.

“If I throw a put­ter, it’s go­ing to be in two pieces, not one,” Daly said Wed­nes­day. “And it’s go­ing to be 50 yards in the lake, not five.”

Daly says re­ports of him throw­ing his put­ter into the lake at the Allianz Cham­pi­onship in Boca Ra­ton, Fla., were lack­ing con­text.

The two-time ma­jor cham­pion said his sci­atic nerve was act­ing up and he prob­a­bly shouldn’t have played. He de­cided to with­draw af­ter the sev­enth hole and while walk­ing off the green, he flipped the put­ter over his shoul­der to his cad­die, who wasn’t watch­ing, and the club went into the wa­ter.

There was no video of the in­ci­dent.

A writer for links­ posted a photo on Twit­ter of the top of Daly’s put­ter in the wa­ter as fans gath­ered around for a look. Daly said the thick foam grip en­abled it to float.

“I take re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Daly said. “I shouldn’t have tossed it.”

He was more dis­traught at los­ing the put­ter, which he de­scribed as a 50-year an­niver­sary model of the Ping An­swer that com­pany chair John Sol­heim gave him. Daly called the head pro at The Old Course at Bro­ken Sound to see if he could get it back, but by then some­one had al­ready re­trieved it.

John Daly flips his put­ter af­ter miss­ing a birdie putt at a tour­na­ment in 2016.

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