John Daly Done With Golf

After John Daly missed yet another cut, this time at the Farmers Insurance Open, he apparently told the media that he is “done” with golf:

“I’m done,” Daly said, following rounds of 79-71. “I can’t compete. I can’t play like I use too. I can’t keep taking spots from guys out here playing this bad. It’s not worth it.”

“I’m tired of embarrassing myself in front of (my fans). I can’t do it anymore.”

There is speculation that this interview was meant to stir up some press for John Daly’s new reality show premiering in the next couple of months.

Lefty and the Wedge-y . . .

With Tiger out of the PGA Tour spotlight (at least for now), all eyes are on Phil Mickelson to fill the void.  Lefty has always enjoyed a share of the spotlight, but Woods’ indefinite absence opens the door for him to be “the man” and claim the #1 ranking for the first time.  The expectations are evident and along with that comes some extra attention.

As recently reported on The Local Golfer Blog, a rules change in 2010 has changed the dynamic of the grooves on clubs, particularly wedges.  The width and sharpness of the grooves have been reduced which will cause less spin.

However, numerous “questionable” wedges are permitted per an old court decision, including the Ping Eye 2.  Although these clubs are approved for play under the Rules of Golf, many pros believe that they conflict with the essence of the new “groove” rules and create an advantage for those using them in competition.  In typical golf-fashion, it’s just a measure of integrity for the game.

Where does Lefty tie into this equation?  Mickelson is one of a handful of pros on tour who use the Ping Eye 2, a club that he’s had for nearly 20 years and played with since college.

When asked about his old friend earlier this week, Lefty said, “I feel like the Eye-2 grooves are not legal, or don’t conform, but they are approved for play.  And after talking about it to the tour and the USGA, the only thing that matters is,  ‘Are they approved for play?’.”

Get your “asteriks” ready for the 2010 golf season . . .

16 year old to play in HP Byron Nelson Championship

16 year old and Reigning U.S. Junior Amateur Champion, Jordan Spieth will be playing in HP Byron Nelson Championship of the PGA Tour on an amateur exemption.

Spieth is currently a junior at the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and is the number 1 ranked player in the Polo Golf Rankings. He finished second in the Junior PGA Championship and was named the Rolex Junior Player of the year.

“We are delighted that Jordan will make his first PGA Tour start at our championship here in his hometown,” event chairman George Conant said. “We try to provide opportunities to young players that we believe will be future stars, and there’s no doubt that Jordan Spieth fits that mold.”

Spieth is the event’s first amateur exemption since Trip Kuehne in 1995. Justin Leonard and Tiger Woods were the only other amateur exemptions this tournament ever granted.

The HP Byron Nelson Championship will be held at the TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas in Irving, Texas on May 19-23.