At the time of this posting, Fred Couples has the outright lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando. I understand it's still early in the afternoon, but to me, that's pretty impressive for ol' Freddy C. At least we know he still has the raw talent to go low, as long as his ailing body holds up. For a guy who has had chronic pain in his back for years, he can still pipe a golf ball. He averaged 301.5 yards on his drives in Thursday's round. There's a reason he's called 'Boom Boom'.
On a less than enthusiastic note, PGA Tour bad boy John Daly has hit yet another speed bump in his 'eventful' career. He was disqualified from Bay Hill when he missed his Tuesday Pro-Am tee-time. Daly claims there was a misunderstanding with his tee-time, but he was likely out late the night before, lighting it up at one of Orlando's hotspots...or, any questionable dive that serves the sauce. It also didn't help that his swing coach, legendary Butch Harmon, quit on him on Monday saying, "the most important thing in his life is getting drunk." Pretty heavy stuff. Did I mention that he was only playing at Bay Hill because Arnie invited him? Talk about disrespecting someone you shouldn't be.
Last week, he shot 77-80 to miss the cut by a mile at the PODS Championship in Tampa, and even had Tampa Bay Buccaneers' coach John Gruden on the bag for him (pictured above). But missing the cut wasn't a big deal to Big JD. He spent his Saturday drinking in the Hooters tent behind 17 at Innisbrook drinking beer and signing bodyparts.
There are many people who think he should be kicked off the Tour. I'm not one of them. If tournament sponsors are going to continue to provide exemptions for him to play, then he'll be on the Tour. When he shows up for his tee-times, he's a pleasure to watch. The question is, how far can John Daly go before he's cut off for good?