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Daly backing off on retirement claim

January 30, 2010

SAN DIEGO -- John Daly indicated on Twitter that he is not retiring, contrary to the statement he made to Golf Channel on Friday that "I'm done."

On Twitter: "never said retirement in anything or twitter-i want to correct that! simply sayin I need my time & working through these bad times thank you."

Daly said that financial difficulties are impairing his ability to focus on his golf game, leading to the frustration that caused him to suggest he was retiring.

Here are a series of Twitter posts from Daly addressing the issue:

"To all my fans---my financial situation is putting me where I cannot focus on my game, I'm putting too much pressure on myself,

"the few sponsors that I have are great but it's not getting me thru these times--i want to thank my fans throughout all these years &

"I don't like to continue to embarass myself -- maybe my mind may change down the road but right now i don't have the money

"to be on the tour. My game has never been the same since my rib injury during the Honda Classic in 2007. God Bless! JD"

Daly has missed the cut in both his starts on the PGA Tour this year, most recently Friday at the Farmers Insurance Open. He is next scheduled to play at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

-- John Strege