John Daly hopes for quick return by Woods

John Daly hopes for quick return by Woods

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — John Daly doesn’t want to know the reasons behind Tiger Woods’ late-night car crash. He just wants Woods healthy and back on the tour.

Daly, a dual major winner who has had his share of off-the-course troubles, said Monday he doesn’t share the public fascination with the facts behind Woods’ accident outside his Florida home.

“I don’t really care what happened between Tiger and … whatever happened. I’m just glad he’s OK,” said Daly, who will play in the Australian Open starting Thursday. “We need him, probably more than anybody on the tour, to keep things going, the way the economy is.”

Woods had just pulled out of his driveway when he struck a fire hydrant and then a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol accident report. The world’s No. 1 golfer later said he had cuts and bruises, and “right now I’m a little sore.”

“Tiger’s the biggest asset the tour’s had in a long, long time,” Daly said. “Whatever happened, as long as he’s OK that’s all that matters. Golf needs him badly … no doubt.”

Woods is scheduled to compete at his Chevron World Challenge, which starts Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The tournament director did not know if Woods would play or even attend.

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