Daly makes history, reaching 17th in 2 shots

June 19, 1993|By Bill Glauber | Bill Glauber,Staff Writer

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- They said no man could ever reach Baltusrol Golf Club's 630-yard par-5 17th hole in two shots.

And then, John Daly showed up at the Lower Course.

Yesterday, in the second round of the U.S. Open, golf's greatest sideshow, made history.

Daly walked to the 17th tee, took out his driver, and smacked a shot 325 yards down the left side of the fairway. He made his way to the ball, took out a 1-iron, lined up, and decided, "I might as well just swing as hard as I can."

Daly nearly knocked himself over with his swing, but the ball took off, skipped a bunker, rolled onto the green and finally came to a stop 40 feet past the cup.

On in two.

"You know what, that was really my only goal this week," he said. "I played so bad, I told Greg Rita [Daly's caddie] we may not make the cut, but at least we can make some history."

Daly two-putted for a birdie at 17 and finished his round at 2-under 68 for a two-day total of even-par 140.

) His tournament was made.

Kite grounded

Tom Kite, reigning Open champion, on missing the cut: "It's not the end of the world. I've missed quite a few cuts this year."

Stopping a slump

Payne Stewart sounds like a guy ready to end a slump. Winless since claiming the Open title in 1991, Stewart was delighted with his 4-under performance and second-place standing yesterday.

"The only player I'm concerned about is me," said Stewart, who had to ignore Daly's booming drives. "I'm not pulling for anyone other than myself."

Funk advances

Fred Funk, the former University of Maryland golf coach, made the cut with a 36-hole total of 142. But David "Moose" Brown, the Baltimore native who is an assistant pro at the Country Club of York (Pa.) missed the cut with a total of 17-over 157.

Concentrated effort

This just in: Greg Norman, who talked for days about how focused he was, shot 74 and failed to make the cut at 7-over 147.

"My concentration was gone," he said. "That's all it was. It was terrible. It was one of those days where it just all went bad. My club selection was terrible all week. I didn't hit the ball square. It was terrible."

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