Originally created 11/30/02

Daly won't be fined over Australian PGA outburst

COOLUM, Australia -- John Daly will not be fined for his outburst during the second round of the Australian PGA, where he refused to sign his scorecard and was disqualified from the tournament.

Daly, whose mother died last week of cancer, also threw his putter into a lake on the 18th green after a 6-over-par round of 78 on Friday. He was upset over an official ruling on where to take a penalty drop on the 13th hole.

On Saturday, Australasian PGA Tour operations director Andrew Langford-Jones said Daly would not be fined.

"John was very apologetic," he said after meeting with Daly. "He has had a few personal issues, and he genuinely regrets what he did."

Jones said that while the tour did not appreciate Daly's unacceptable behavior, it had been sympathetic to his personal circumstances following the death of his mother Lou in Las Vegas on Nov. 21.

"We don't condone what John did out there, but he came out here under a lot of pressure, and he pulled a lot of people to the tournament," Langford-Jones said.

Daly had made the turn Friday in 4-under 32 and was in contention to make the cut when he hooked his drive into the water on the 13th hole.

His understanding of where his ball crossed the hazard conflicted with that of Craig Parry, who was marking his card, and that of rules officials who viewed videotape of his shot. They made him go back 109 yards to hit his third shot from the tee end of the lake.

Daly then hit his next shot toward the green, but it hit a rules officials cart and went into the water.

At the 1997 U.S. Open, Daly walked off the course after the second round without telling his partners. In 1992, at the Australian Masters, he was disqualified after failing to sign a scorecard, and a year earlier in Jamaica, he was disqualified for signing an incorrect card.

Daly was planning to return to the United States this weekend to attend a private funeral service for his mother.


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