|On Saturday, Daly's trousers were relatively understated ... by Daly's standards, anyway. (AP)|
John Daly won the Open Championship at St. Andrews in 1995. In the 17 years since, his experiences -- both on and off the course -- have run the gamut. He's currently without full playing privileges on the PGA Tour, which means he's reliant on sponsor's exemptions and his status as a past champion. The former landed him in seven events this season; the latter is why he's in the field at Royal Lytham this week.
Daly, who's been known to shoot a 65 and follow it up with an 85, has played well recently. He tied for 19th at the FedEx St. Jude's Classic in June and tied for 12th at the Greenbriar Classic three weeks later. And through 36 holes of the 2012 Open Championship, he was 3-over, good enough to play the weekend.
Then Saturday happened, Daly needed 77 strokes to get around the course, and now finds himself 10-over for the tournament and in 83rd place -- among the 83 golfers to make the cut. It's not wholly surprising (we mentioned Friday that Daly was fortunate to make the cut -- as were the other players sitting at 3-over), but it is a story because, in much the same way Tiger Woods can send ratings through the roof when he's in the hunt, Big John can have the same effect, even if it's because people sometimes enjoy watching a good old-fashioned train wreck.
Whatever happens over Daly's final 18 holes at Royal Lytham, he'll still have the '95 Open (and that impossibly awesome mullet):