3 Mar 2010

John Daly's record made public

8:32 am on 3 March 2010

Controversial American golfer John Daly's confidential personnel file at the PGA Tour has become a matter of public record and uncovered a startling number of attempts by Tour officials to help the still wildly popular golfer with his issues on and off the course.

The 456-page file, obtained by the Florida Times-Union, covers the years 1991 to 2008.

It reveals that the PGA Tour, on seven occasions, ordered Daly to undergo counseling or enter alcohol rehabilitation.... that Daly was placed on Tour probation six times.... that Daly was cited 11 times for "conduct unbecoming a professional".... that he was flagged 21 times for "failure to give best efforts and that he accrued fines of nearly 150 thousand dollars during the period covered in the file.

The final transgression listed in his file, according to the Times-Union, details Daly's six-month suspension from the PGA Tour at the start of the 2009 golf season after his October 2008 arrest, in which he was found intoxicated outside a Hooters restaurant in North Carolina.

Daly, a two-time major champion who took the Tour by storm by winning the 1991 PGA Championship, hasn't won on tour since 2004 but remains hugely popular with fans and is still one of the game's biggest hitters.