John Daly: Is It Time He Is Finally Banned from the Game?

John BurkeContributor INovember 10, 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 08:  John Daly of the USA looks on from the practice green ahead of the 2011 Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club on November 8, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

There was a time when John Daly had the golf world in his hands, or at least that is what I am told. 

The way he won his two majors drew people to the game. They loved how different he looked from the other golfers and how he played a game that was so different than everyone else. 

But ever since I fell in love with the game, John Daly has done nothing but make a mockery of it. 

His latest on-course tantrum occurred at the Australian Open. 

After hitting the wrong ball in a bunker on the 10th hole, incurring a one-stroke penalty, Daly became absolutely unglued. 

On the 11th hole, Daly decided it was time to play the role of Kevin Costner in "Tin Cup." After hitting his first ball in the water, Daly took a drop and proceeded to hit his next six balls in the water.

Unlike Costner, however, Daly never found the green with a ball. And with no ball left, Daly simply shook the hands of his playing partners and walked off of the course.

Daly's behavior did not please tournament organizers for obvious reasons.

Tournament director Trever Herden remarked, "I would say this would be the last time we see John Daly." 

That comment was closely followed by Australian PGA Chief Executive Brian Thorburn, who revoked Daly's invitation to play in the Australian PGA Championship in two weeks. 

Daly walking off the course at the 2011 Australian Open
Daly walking off the course at the 2011 Australian OpenDavid Cannon/Getty Images

Good for Herden and Thorburn.

This isn't the first time Daly has acted like spoiled child on the golf course. In fact, it has happened so many times that I can't even keep track of him any longer.

Unfortunately, Australia only makes up a tiny portion of the events Daly plays in.

His name still draws a crowd. As a result, tournament organizers on both the PGA tour and the European tour still give Daly exemptions to play in their tournaments.

Those days need to end.

Daly's behavior on the course is insulting to the game and the players. It undermines what they do and how hard they work.

Having a bad hole is fine; it happens to everyone. Kevin Na got a 15 earlier this season, and he acted like a gentleman. He didn't throw his clubs and walk off the course. 

At this point in his career, Daly is a disgrace.

So I hope PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem needs to ban Daly from the PGA tour for at least a year.

Daly needs to find a way to get his life back. He needs to learn to respect the game again, and if he can't do that, he doesn't deserve to play it anymore.

Honestly, I hope he does straighten himself out. I want to like Daly. I want to be a fan, but when someone continually spits on the game that made him famous, there isn't much to like.