Truth and Rumors: John Daly's $100 million lawsuit
Daly demands $100 million for Honda Classic injuryWe can safely assume there's at least one tournament that won't be extending John Daly a sponsor's exemption in 2011: the Honda Classic. Some digging by the Palm Beach Post has revealed that Big John filed a $100 million lawsuit against various defendants for an injury he suffered at the Honda three years ago. Among the defendants: the PGA National Resort, the tournament’s venue; the PGA Tour; and the Children’s Healthcare Charity, a local non-profit funded almost entirely with Honda Classic profits.
Daly filed two years ago after a woman taking pictures jumped in front of him in mid-swing. Daly claimed in the paperwork he aborted the movement because he feared killing the woman but felt his rib cage pop out. The paperwork reads that Daly and other players unsuccessfully tried three times before the incident to have security kick the unidentified woman off the course.Gutsy that, tweeting through a rib injury. You have to wonder at what point JD's antics -- legal, social, and otherwise -- will start to burn up the seemingly limitless capital provided him by his adoring fans. Perhaps now. In a Post poll of 3,000-plus readers, 75 percent feel Daly's lawsuit is out of bounds. The cautionary tale of David GossettBefore we coronate Jordan Spieth or Alexis Thompson or any other teen phenom as the Next Coming, let us take time to remember David Gossett, the prodigious 1999 U.S. Amateur champ whose career has pulled a David Spade. Gossett is actually in the field this week at the St. Jude -- or at least he was in field before withdrawing after nine holes yesterday (he was 12-over at the time). Geoff Calkins of the Commercial Appeal re-tells Gossett's heartbreaking tale, and includes this telling nugget about Gossett's WD:
Daly blamed the injury’s recurrence for his withdrawal from several tournaments this year. He even twittered about retirement.
"They say you have to go through hell to get back," Gossett's wife, Jenny, said.Is parity killing the PGA Tour?Phil Mickelson winning the Masters for his cancer-stricken wife and mother? Big deal. Rory McIlroy blitzing Quail Hollow with a course-record 62 to win one of the game's most prized titles by four shots? Yawn. Rickie Fowler's rise? Jason Day's big day? Tiger's struggle to rediscover his game? So what. Who cares? And booooooring. So says the Bleacher Report's Ron Furlong, who argues that without a dominant player the PGA Tour is about as enticing as a warm 12-pack of Schlitz.
Thursday's round may have been as close as you can get.
At the turn, Gossett found Phil Cannon, the tournament director, and told him he had decided to pull out.
"I have a tweaked hamstring," said Gossett, while simultaneously acknowledging that wasn't the whole story.
"I'm running out of balls," he said.
Answer this, if you will, golf fan: Is it more exciting for golf to have someone win six tournaments in a row, or to have six different guys win once each? Answer truthfully.Seventy young guns? What's Furlong watching, the AJGA? Listen, Tiger's impact on TV ratings is no secret: a tournament without Woods (or, for that matter, without Woods playing well) is like a cupcake without frosting. Still, despite (or perhaps in spite of) Tiger's swing woes, 2010 has been a surprisingly intriguing season. Watching a fleet of youngsters come into their own has been compelling stuff. Tiger will be back. If not this season, then next. If not next, then 2012. And when that day comes, Rory, Rickie and Ryo -- thanks in part to the confidence they've gained in Tiger's funk -- will be ready. Can't wait.
Well, I hope you like the second option, because that's where we're at.
Some think this is good for golf. Young guns, they like to call them. Trust me, parity is good for nothing. Parity kills sports. Seventy young guns who all have the same game are not going to save golf.
Not unless one of those young guns steps up and starts burying the others and eating them for lunch. No one will care and no one will watch.