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Grassroots Twitter campaign tries to get John Daly in tourney

Jay Busbee
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Because every golf tournament is more interesting with John Daly in it, an enterprising fan has started @letJohnDalyplay, a Twitter account designed to get Daly a sponsor's exemption into next year's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The account, started by a John Daly fan, had 401 followers as of midday Thursday, a far cry from its stated goal of 10,000, but not bad for one which just started Tuesday.

Daly has no PGA Tour card, and is dependent entirely on exemptions at this point to get into tournaments. "just logged on & just beside myself on the campaign! Thx to all my Blue Collar golfers out there!" Daly wrote on his own Twitter page.

He's a draw, certainly. That photo at right is from 2002, when he finished T4, two shots behind winner Chris DiMarco. But is he enough of one to get a sponsor's exemption? We've reached out to the Phoenix Open folks, and we'll let you know their take as soon as we hear back.

Meantime, if you're of a mind, hit the page and show Daly some Twitter love. As Local Knowledge notes, Daly hasn't played in the tournament since 2007, and in his last three starts there, he withdrew twice and missed the cut once. Not exactly inspiring numbers to get him back, so Twitter love may have to stand in for Phoenix love.

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