The stories of John Daly's past are legendary. Drinking in hotel rooms and destroying everything in sight. Leaving different places completely destroyed. That was the old John. The crazier John. The problem is, sometimes your emotions will get the best of you even if you've changed for the better.
That happened after Daly finished his second round at the British Open Championship. On Thursday, the 1995 champion shot a beautiful 66 that could have been miles better if the cups around the Old Course had been a bit more forgiving. His Friday round, in brutal conditions, was 10 shots worse, and he now sits at 2-under, 10 shots back of our leader.
[Photos: See more of John Daly's second round]
Daly had another round that could have been. Putt after putt on the back nine looked to have a chance of finding the bottom of the cup, but would hit a lip or just roll by, and that all led to an 18th hole par after Daly drove it right next to the green.
Obviously upset with the round and the finish, Daly went to sign his scorecard, and then ESPN's Tom Rinaldi reported that his exit from the scorer's tent was a bit explosive.
Rinaldi let us know during the telecast that Daly left the tent and, "swung at a potted plant, a tree, knocked it to the ground, and he was gone."
The temper is obviously the bad news for Daly, who might hear a thing or two from the Royal and Ancient for his blow up after the round, but he does have some good news.
While he is now a ways back of the leaders, Daly has played the golf course well both days, and the putts just aren't dropping. The thing is, he's hitting great putts, and they are eventually going to drop.
The question with Daly is if he can keep his head up, and keep plugging along until the birdie putts do start to disappear. The Friday round wasn't what he was looking for, but it isn't the end of his championship.
One good round on Saturday and Big John could be right back in this thing. It is interesting to note that on a links golf course, with the wind taking all the players to town, Daly would go after a tree, the last thing you'd ever find on the Old Course.