1 Jan 2009

Daly suspended for 6 months

9:30 am on 1 January 2009

The American golfer John Daly says he's been suspended for six months by the US PGA Tour for conduct that brought unwelcome publicity, including a night in a North Carolina jail to sober up.

It's the second time the 42-year-old Daly, a two-time major champion, has been suspended.

He hasn't played on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut in Las Vegas in October.... 10 days later he was picked up by Police after appearing intoxicated outside a Hooters restaurant, and he was taken to jail to sleep it off.

Daly decided to go public with the suspension "to be fair to his fans and tournament organisers" during the first three months of the season when he typically plays.

His last victory was the Buick Invitational in 2004, and his five-year exemption as a past champion runs out this year.

He says he'll continue playing the European tour, starting with a three-week swing in the United Arab Emirates.

Daly missed the cuts in all 3 tournaments he played in Australia last month.