Daly fails to qualify for U.S. Open

Duval, Lehman, Hayes among those who made it

June 9, 2009


Germantown, Tenn. — John Daly makes his return to the PGA Tour this week.

His return to the U.S. Open will have to wait at least another year.

In his first time competing in America since the PGA Tour lifted his six-month suspension, Daly managed only four birdies over 36 holes of a U.S. Open qualifier Monday. He shot 1-over 143 and didn’t come close to getting one of 13 spots available in Tennessee.

“My feet are tired,” Daly said after politely declining an interview with a Memphis TV station.

Daly was awarded a sponsor’s exemption for the St. Jude Classic, which starts Thursday, and he took one positive out of two mediocre rounds at Ridgeway (70) and Germantown (73). At least it helped him make the transition from playing in Europe.

“Being over there for five weeks, the greens are so much slower there, and I wasn’t used to the speed,” he said later. “I haven’t putted on Bermuda greens in a long time. Boy, talk about not even sniffing a putt.”

The 13 qualifiers included J.P. Hayes, J.J. Henry, and Casey Wittenberg, a former U.S. Amateur finalist who grew up in Memphis. Greg Kraft earned the final spot in a 6-for-1 playoff among all PGA Tour players, getting through on the second extra hole.

The Tennessee sectional had mostly PGA Tour players, with an even larger field in Columbus, Ohio, for those who played the Memorial. Among those qualifying were David Duval, amateur Rickie Fowler of Oklahoma State for the second straight year, and 50-year-old Tom Lehman, who once played in the final group four straight years in the U.S. Open.

Davis Love III, who moved up to No. 45 in the world a week too late, failed to qualify. Also missing out in Ohio was U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee, who turned down his spot at Bethpage by turning pro.


Tiger plays at Bethpage

Farmingdale, N.Y. — Tiger Woods returned to the Black Course at Bethpage on Monday, tuning up in preparation for his U.S. Open title defense.

Woods made a detour on his way home from winning the Memorial in Ohio a day earlier, playing 18 holes with swing coach Hank Haney.

Echenique, Storm lead

Sunningdale, England — Rafa Echenique and Graeme Storm led qualifying for the British Open, and David Drysdale used a hole-in-one to qualify in his 10th try.

College baseball

Texas earns CWS berth

Austin, Texas — Freshman Taylor Jungmann allowed two hits over six innings Monday night, and top-seeded Texas earned its first trip to the College World Series since 2005 with a 5-2 victory over TCU.


Hamilton to miss 4-6 weeks

Arlington, Texas — Texas Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton will undergo surgery today to repair a partial tear in an abdominal muscle and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

Ortiz’s vision is fine

Boston — David Ortiz’s vision has checked out very well as the Boston Red Sox try to help him out of his season-long slump.

The designated hitter received drops for dry eyes Monday, team spokesperson Pam Ganley said. Ortiz has two homers and 22 RBIs with a .197 batting average in 51 games.

Not guilty plea entered

Santa Ana, Calif. — The man charged with killing Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others in a drunken-driving crash pleaded not guilty Monday to three counts of murder as relatives of the victims looked on.

Andrew Thomas Gallo also pleaded not guilty through his attorney to three other felony charges and one misdemeanor in connection with the April 9 collision that occurred just hours after Adenhart pitched six scoreless innings in his season debut.

Cards’ Greene to rehab

St. Louis — St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Khalil Greene, who went on the 15-day disabled list late last month due to social anxiety issues, will begin a rehab assignment today.

A’s Sweeney goes on DL

Oakland, Calif. — Ryan Sweeney’s sprained left knee hasn’t healed as quickly as the Oakland Athletics hoped, and the outfielder has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Tiger Stadium torn down

Detroit — Part of Tiger Stadium’s upper deck came crashing down Monday, nearly a decade after the final major-league game there and hours after a judge refused to stop the historic ballpark’s demolition.


Cowboys: no Pacman

Irving, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys say there are no plans to bring back Adam “Pacman” Jones, the cornerback whose career has been marred by off-the-field problems.

Report: Favre has deadline

Minneapolis — The Minnesota Vikings reportedly have told Brett Favre to decide this week if he wants to play this year.

ESPN says coach Brad Childress imposed the deadline on the star quarterback. The network cited two unidentified sources Monday on its Web site.

LB Morgan retires again

New Orleans — Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus says New Orleans Saints linebacker Dan Morgan has decided to retire from the NFL a second time.

College football

Vols may have broke rule

Knoxville, Tenn. — Tennessee is looking into whether it committed another NCAA recruiting violation by allowing media to be present during a meeting between coach Lane Kiffin and recruits.

A segment of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” which aired Sunday, showed Kiffin in his office with two people identified by the network as recruits.

Warrant out for NU I-back

Lincoln, Neb. — A Lancaster County judge has authorized a warrant for the arrest of Nebraska I-back Quentin Castille.

The 20-year-old junior failed to appear in court Monday on a minor case over a missing license plate.

College basketball

NCAA approves changes

Indianapolis — An NCAA committee has approved three rules changes intended to clarify block-charge calls, who can shoot free throws after an injury and the expanded use of replay.

The announcement Monday means secondary defenders must establish position outside the area between the backboard and the front of the rim to draw a charge call.

The panel also addressed the perceived advantage teams had when a fouled player is injured. Previously, the shooting team’s coach could select any player on his roster to take the free throws. Now, the opposing coach must select from the four players remaining on the court.

And the committee approved expanding replay to determine flagrant fouls, which would result in ejection.

The rules changes will go into effect this fall.

LSU forward staying

Baton Rouge, La. — LSU forward Tasmin Mitchell has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to the Tigers as a fifth-year senior next season.


Ex-Nets owner Boe dies

Roy Boe, who owned both the Julius Erving-led New York Nets of the ABA and the fledgling New York Islanders of the NHL in the 1970s, has died. He was 79.


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