everybody loves daly, but not CBS

mulligan, 14 February 2004, Comments Off on everybody loves daly, but not CBS
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John Daly eagled the 18th at Torrey Pines to pull into the lead at the Buick Invitational. The guy played near flawless golf. It reminded me of his play at the 1991 PGA at Crooked Stick when he blasted onto the golf scene as the 9th alternate, after Nick Price couldn’t make the tournament. That win by Daly ranks in the top 3 of my all-time favorite tournaments. (Nicklaus ’86 Masters is, hands-down, No.1.)

Unfortunately, I — like millions of others on the east coast — could not see the most important shots of the day — the leaders finishing up on the 18th. CBS, for all of its infinite wisdom, has some contractual agreement, it says, to end precisely at 6 p.m. That’s a stupid agreement, especially when the leaders had already driven off the 18th and had only to complete the hole. I could understand if the golfers were way behind and the coverage would run way over if CBS stayed with golf. But here John Daly, Stewart Cink, and Steve Flesch were walking up the 18th. It would have taken another 10 minutes at most. Instead, Jim Nantz invited the viewers to catch the finish on CBS’s sports website. I checked it out and you can’t really “catch” anything. There is a paid subscription service with the PGA; otherwise, you’re stuck with seeing the scores updated. So bravo to John Daly, but boo to CBS.

UPDATE: I heard John Daly say after his round that he just started playing with new clubs this week: Dunlop. The driver is called Loco, perhaps aptly named in John’s case. It’s good to see some golf manufacturer has finally sponsored Daly again. Take a look at the Dunlop website — you’ll have to click “enter” to see this amazing picture of John’s swing. It shows you close-up how far he takes it back. Pretty astounding! I could never get the club back on plane from there! More about Dunlop’s clubs here.


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