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By Tom Edrington
John Daly is wearing out his welcome mat in a lot of places and Thursday at the Australian Open, he outraged tournament officials with his conduct.
Daly had yet another "meltdown." This one came after only 10 holes.
Daly was in the field thanks to an invitation and now he's no longer welcome in the Land Down Under.
Poor play marked Daly's first nine holes then at the 10th, he hit the wrong ball from a greenside bunker and was hit with a two-shot penalty. He then putted without much effort, missing from inside two-feet. At that point he was seven-over par for the round.
At the par five 11th, he admitted on his Twitter account that he hit "six or seven balls" into the water. "When u run out of balls u run out of balls..." Daly tweeted.
After that, Daly walked off the course when his playing partners finished the 11th hole and on the way to the club house his girlfriend became involved in an incident with a camera man.
Tournament director Trevor Herden was outraged by Daly's behavior. "It's very disappointing obviously for the tournament, certainly unprofessional and I'm extremely bitter and disappointed that he's treated this championship this way," Herden said.
"I would say this will be the last time we see John Daly," Herden added.
Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, was on board with Herden. "In view of that breach and a similar instance in Europe recently, the PGA Tour of Australasia has withdrawn its offer to John Daly to play at the Australian PGA Championship."
Daly is not a member of the PGA Tour of Australasia and cannot by fined by the organization. But Herden has called for the PGA Tour and the European Tour, where Daly has some status, to fine him.
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John Daly Meltdown: Controversial American Stomps Off at Australian Open