Originally created 03/31/97

Daly's downfall



Golfer John Daly announced Sunday he was checking into an alcohol rehabilitation clinic for treatment. The move almost certainly takes him out of the Masters Tournament. Here's a look at his career highlights and personal low points.

JOHN DALY CHRONOLOGY

Chronology of major events in John Daly's golf career:

August 1991: Wins 1991 PGA Championship at age 25.

December 1991: At the World Championship in Jamaica, he signs an incorrect card after shooting an 87 in the second round and is disqualified. Breaks putter in that round and finishes using an iron.

December 1991:Destroys hotel room in South Africa while drunk.

February 1992: Disqualified at the Australian Masters when he fails to sign his scorecard after shooting an 81 in the second round.

June 1992: Forced off New York-bound plane in Denver after confrontation with stewardess while drunk.

September 1992: Wins B.C. Open.

Dec. 20, 1992: Charged with third-degree assault of then-wife Bettye.

Dec. 30, 1992: Enters Sierra Tucson rehab center in Arizona.

Jan. 29, 1993: Returns to competition at Phoenix Open.

April 1993: Receives divorce papers while at Masters.

May 24, 1993: Pleads guilty to harassment of Bettye; assault charge dropped.

June 1993: Disqualified at Kemper Open after not signing his card following a final-round 77.

November 1993: Daly picks up ball in second round of the Kapalua International after missing a birdie putt on No. 11 following double-bogeys on Nos. 7, 8 and 10. Suspended by PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman for three months.

March 8, 1994: Returns to PGA Tour. Says he has been sober for more than 14 months.

May 1994: Wins BellSouth, says it's first victory sober.

July 1994: While at Scottish Open accuses other players of drug use.

August 1994: Scuffles with 62 year-old man after shooting 81 in final round of World Series of Golf.

September 1994: PGA Tour announces Daly agrees to sit out rest of year.

January 1995: Returns to PGA Tour.

July 1995: Wins British Open.

August 1996: Is seen drinking in public.

October 1996: Admits he is drinking again, calling it "social" drinking.

February 1997: At Heineken Classic in Australia, shoots a third-round 83 then plays the final round in just 2 hours, 10 minutes, angering tournament officials who paid large appearance fee.

March 13, 1997:Cites sore hip and withdraws from Honda Classic

March 27, 1997: Drinks for several hours in a bar after shooting a 76 in first round of Players Championship.

March 28, 1997: Cites sore hip and withdraws from Players Championship.

March 30, 1997: Says he will enter alcohol rehab.