mulligan, 15 February 2004, Comments Off on jd
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Hurray for John Daly! He gutted out a playoff win over the up-and-coming Chris Riley and Luke Donald.

For those of you who missed it, it was something special. Saying it was his most special of all his wins (including the 2 majors), John broke down in tears when interviewed by Peter Kostis. I knew the golf gods were looking favorably on JD when he sliced his 3-wood pretty bad on the 9th and was stuck behind some trees. To get under the tree branches, Daly hit a low worm-burner that ricocheted off a tree root and bounced over the bunker and onto the green about 12 feet away from the hole. Although John missed the putt for birdie, a par really saved his round. One or two holes later, John almost missed a 1-footer for par — the ball did a 360 around the cup and fell in. The ball just seems to bounce right when you need a good break to win. It was a gutsy performance by John. He clearly was not playing as well as he did yesterday, and he admitted afterwards he felt the nerves more than his younger days. But John played smart all day and he deserved his hard-earned victory. Congrats, JD!

UPDATE: from the Golf Channel, here are the clubs John used to win the Buick. John gets a lot of attention for his driver, but that 60 degree Cleveland sand wedge was his Mr. Reliable club.

UPDATE 2: Blogger Vance has correctly corrected me that John Daly’s amazing tree root shot occurred on the 9th hole, the long par 5 over 600 yards (that makes sense because he had the 3 wood out). For those of you who missed the shot, click here and go to behind the trees way on the right side of the hole maybe 40 yards before the green. That’s where Daly was. In jail. But he got out.


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