News & ToursMarch 25, 2010

Daly 'depressed' and puzzled over Palmer snub

John Daly won't be playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week, nor in the Shell Houston Open next week, neither of the tournaments offering him a sponsor invitation that he sought.

He was so disturbed that he went dark on Twitter for six days -- an unusual absence considering the television show to which he is committed to promoting endlessly (not to mention a CD).

"sorry haven't been on been depressed-- BayHill and Houston turned me down during Friday's round at Transitions for exemption spot," he wrote.

One Twitter follower attempted to console him. "well Bay Hill is missing a big draw like you. Less money in their pockets. Their loss not yours."

Well, no, actually. It's more Daly's loss, though he prefers his follower's take.

"I do sell tickets that's for sure-- so not sure why I wasn't given a spot?"

There are any number of reasons. Here's one: In 2008, he received a sponsor exemption at Bay Hill, then missed his pro-am tee time and was disqualified from the tournament as a result. Here's another: At Bay Hill in 1998, he made a 16 on the par-5 sixth hole. He attempted to reach the green in two, but hit seven straight balls short and into the water.

-- John Strege

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