With his arm in a cast, it looks like John Daly is going to have to take some time off to recover from an elbow injury. According to Daly via his Twitter page on February 17, 2012, no bones were broken, but some tendons were torn.
Injuries never come at a good time, but this one surely came at a poor time for Daly. He hasn't won a tournament yet in 2012, but he has had some very good outings so far on the European Tour. Daly was forced to withdraw from the Avantha Masters due to this injury, so that is already one tournament he won't have a chance to win, or even have a top ten finish.
So many golf fans out there love to pick on John Daly, and will no doubt be wondering why it even matters whether or not he has to miss a few tournaments. Well, if you look at the Race to Dubai points rankings, Daly is right there at #23. Sure, he's not in the lead by any means, but he is in the top 25. With a couple of wins, he could be right there in contention for one of the most difficult feats in the game. Besides, 23 out of 185 golfers is not too shabby.
Even though Daly didn't break any bones, the torn tendons will certainly cause a great deal of pain for a while. Then he will have to get his arm back in shape and get his swing where he wants it. So it may be a while before we see him playing the quality of golf we have seen the past month, if ever. At 45-years-old, these injuries tend to take a larger toll on an athlete than when you are a teenager.
I have always been a huge fan of John Daly, so I will remain hopeful that he will bounce back from this injury. Who knows, it may be a blessing in disguise. Several weeks of rest may be just what he needs to come out and play some great golf.
Elias Bond grew up playing golf, and played religiously through high school and college. He still tries to find time to get out there for a round or two now and again, but seems to watch more than play these days.