The narrative of John Daly: hot head, is long and storied. But in the most recent case, it may have been exaggerated.
It was reported that on Sunday, Daly lost his cool at the PGA Tour Champions’ Allianz Championship. The 50-year-old withdrew, citing an issue with his sciatic nerve, and apparently threw his putter in the water.
While that’s technically true, the implication was Daly tossed the putter in there with force and on purpose. (As in, he totally lost is temper.) We’re guessing some immediately thought of this club throw from Daly at the 2015 PGA Championship and pictured something similar for this occasion.
Apparently, though, the putter in the water was more innocent than it looked. The Associated Press’ Doug Ferguson caught up with Daly, who said he decided to withdraw after the seventh hole at The Old Course at Broken Sound on Sunday and then tossed the putter to his caddie as he was walking off the green. But his caddie wasn’t looking, and the putter ended up in the drink.
“If I throw a putter, it’s going to be in two pieces, not one,” Daly told Ferguson. “And it’s going to be 50 yards in the lake, not 5.”
Daly did take responsibility, though, noting he shouldn’t have tossed the putter in the first place. According to the Associated Press, Daly actually tried to call the head pro afterward to get the putter back. But somebody had already taken it.
It was a putter that held some sentimental value, as Daly said it was a 50-year anniversary model of the Ping Anser that company chairman John Solheim gave him.
In the end, Daly is still out that putter. But this context is important. Daly hasn’t always had a perfect temper, but in this instance, it wasn’t as bad as everyone thought.