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Daly shoots a 12 on his way to a 90


March 14. 2014 11:57PM
Associated Press



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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 even manage that Friday in the Valspar Championship.


He missed a 4-foot putt on the last hole at Innisbrook and shot a career-high 90.


“I didn’t give up,” Daly said. “I tried.”


He used up 12 of those shots on the 16th hole — tied for his fourth-highest score on any one 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.”


For Daly, there was nothing fun about Friday, especially the 16th hole.


He started 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’s highest score ever was an 18 on the sixth hole of the 1998 Bay Hill Invitational. This wasn’t anything like that. For one thing, he hit only three balls in the water.


It was the 16th time on the PGA Tour that Daly has made at least a 10 on a hole. Friday was the one-year anniversary of his most recent when he took a 10 on the third hole after twice hitting a tree while trying to get out of a forest.


On the PGA Tour alone, he now has 62 rounds of 80 or higher.


Robert Garrigus figured out Innisbrook for a 5-under 66 to build a three-shot lead going into the weekend.


Garrigus is among the longest hitters in golf, and he took advantage of his power on a pristine afternoon in the Tampa Bay area. He birdied all the par 5s for the second day in a row. Garrigus has made only two other birdies this week, on a par 3 and a par 4.


Garrigus was at 7-under 135. He was three shots ahead of Kevin Na, who shot a 68.


The group at 3-under 139 included Justin Rose, Matteo Manassero, Pat Perez and Matt Every.




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