DALY ADDS 23 STROKES IN A DAY
Garrity: John Daly, close to securing his PGA Tour card for the first time in years, shot consecutive rounds of 63-86 in Vegas. Anyone care to speculate on how Daly spent the night between those two rounds?
Dusek: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Herre: I'm sure an old injury acted up.
Bamberger: Watching The Sound of Music.
Van Sickle: I'm pretty sure he watched a "Get Smart" marathon on cable.
Morfit: Getting fitted for left-handed clubs.
Dusek: Dance and the performing arts may have been a part of the evening in Las Vegas, but I doubt Julie Andrews was involved.
Godich: I'm thinking he went to Cirque du Soleil.
Shipnuck: All I can say is that 63-86 is the perfect summary of John Daly's career.
Hanger: I think he probably really did have an early night. Guy had a Tour card within reach, which would've been a big deal for him after all he's been through, and he just blew up.
Godich: And now he'll go back to complaining about not getting enough sponsors' exemptions.
Van Sickle: We know one thing he's not going to do: go back to Q-School. Once again, I can't believe tournaments still waste exemptions on this guy.
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HOW FAR CAN GRACE GO?
Garrity: Sticking with the celebrity theme, I call your attention to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, won by South Africa's Branden Grace. I love the Dunhill pro-am because I don't recognize most of the European celebrities -- very cool -- but Grace, despite four wins this season, is equally unknown to most Americans. Is he a one-season wonder, or is Grace the next Ernie Els?
Van Sickle: Maybe he's the next Charl Schwartzel.
Bamberger: You can win once as a one-hit-wonder, but not four times.
Herre: Grace can play. He's just getting started. Reminds me of how Ernie Els set South Africa and Europe on fire when he began his pro career. We'll be hearing a lot about Grace in the coming years.
Godich: I don't think one-year wonders win four times in a season. Most impressive is that when he gets in the hunt, he closes the deal.
Morfit: Grace will emerge in the bigger events next year. You don't win that much in different conditions without serious game.
Dusek: I agree. Grace won back-to-back events early in the season and people (including yours truly) thought it was just a hot streak, but he's still winning. He needs to get used to the big stages, but winning becomes a habit. Is he the next Els? Ask me in two years.
Hanger: It would be great to see him play over here a little more next year. You don't win four times unless your game is for real. I'd say somewhere between Els and a one-hit wonder, if I had to try and predict the future.
Shipnuck: Four wins in one season can't be a fluke. But Els is a very high standard. Grace will be happy to wind up in the middle of that continuum.
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