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Just call him “Mild Thing”

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John Daly has been through a lot of peaks and valleys in his lifetime. More recently, it’s been a lot more valleys than peaks. After suffering through Lap-Band surgery that caused him to lose an unhealthy amount of weight in a short period of time, Daly has since kept the weight off and turned things around after a number of forgettable years, on and off the course.

While Rory McIlroy’s record-tying 63 was the story of the day on Thursday, John Daly’s 6-under 66 had to be top story 1A. The former British Open champion, who won at St. Andrews in 1995, was all business on Thursday, making a number of big putts on the outward nine to go out in 31 (5-under).

While his inward nine wasn’t as spectacular, there were still signs that Daly’s game is finally getting back on track at the right time. Through three-and-a-half rounds last week at the Scottish Open, Daly was in contention for a top-15 finish. While two holes seemingly derailed his Sunday back nine, he managed to keep the mistakes to a minimum.

Coming back to St. Andrews, Daly made it clear after Thursday’s round, that his love for the course — as well as his knowledge of the layout — aided him in posting a very competitive score under calm conditions. How we handles playing in harsher conditions, which are expected this weekend, remains to be seen.

For now, Daly remains like the weather: mild and calm. When asked what he wanted to be called if “Wild Thing no longer stuck, Daly blurted out, “The Mild Thing.” On Thursday, the name was very apropos.


Written by Jonathan Wall

07/15/2010 at 2:35 pm

Posted in John Daly, St Andrews

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