TWO-TIME major champion John Daly has suffered the worst round of his career, firing a 19-over par 90 that included an octuple-bogey 12 at the 16th hole.
The nightmare came for the 47-year-old American during the second round of the $6.34 million US PGA Valspar Championship at the Innisbrook resort’s Copperhead course.
“It was just one of those days when nothing went right,” Daly said.
“You hit it in the bunker, it buries. Hit it in the fairway, you are in a divot. I even hit it in a divot in a bunker.”
Daly’s previous worst career 18-hole score had been an 89 in the second round of the 2008 British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Daly could have matched that 89 had he made a four-foot bogey putt at the 18th but missed it to stand on 22-over 164 for 36 holes.
“When you’ve got the yips, it’s no fun,” Daly said.
“When you play a putt to go left-to-right and push it three feet right, you look like an idiot.” Daly made his 16th double-digit score on a hole in a PGA event, what he called “a good 12,” on a day when he also had five bogeys and three double bogeys.
He made 37 putts but the green was not his problem at 16.
Daly knocked three balls into the long pond running down the right side of the fairway on the hole, one off the tee and two from the drop zone, before changing his angle of attack to the left side of the fairway.
Then he botched a 7-iron, sending his ball way to the right of the green.
“I came right out of it,” he said. “Dead right.” Daly pitched into a greenside bunker, blasted across the green, then chipped the ball two feet from the cup and made the putt.
“I got up-and-down for 12,” Daly said.
That was six strokes under Daly’s all-time worst US PGA one-hole score, the 18 he fired at the sixth hole at Bay Hill in the 1998 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Daly sent six balls into a lake in that effort.
At the 2011 Australian Open, Daly fired seven shots into the water at the 11th hole at The Lakes before walking off.
Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open. His only other top-10 performance in a major was a share of third at the 1993 Masters.