Daly blames range ball for Aussie outburst

In an attempt to explain his outrageous behavior at the Australian Open, Daly said a range ball and...

In an attempt to explain his outrageous behavior at the Australian Open, Daly said a range ball and his ego got the best of him. (REUTERS)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:16 PM ET

John Daly blames a range ball and his ego for his mid-round departure from the Australian Open.

The 45-year-old, who is competing at this week's Hong Kong Open, tried Wednesday to explain his behaviour when he walked off the course during the first round, Nov. 10, of the Australian Open.

Daly hit six balls into the water from the 11th tee before shaking hands with his playing partners, heading to the parking lot and driving off in a courtesy car.

Daly, who had been penalized two strokes at the previous hole, said he had run out of balls -- an excuse that irked officials. His problems started on the 10th hole, he said.

"I had found the bunker with my tee shot and ... I hit a great bunker shot, and when I threw my caddie the ball to wipe it, I find it's not my ball.

"Then on the 11th it was my ego that got in the way.

"But the question I keep asking is what were range balls doing in the bunkers (at the 10th green)? When I got to the bunker I thought it was my ball.

"So I go from making three there on that hole to a seven."


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