John Daly hits tree root, may have torn ligaments in right elbow

Eight years and a bunch of lost golf balls have passed since John Daly last won a worldwide event, but there was reason to believe after the way Daly started his 2012 season that he could be on the verge of finding his golf game for the first time in a while.

But in typical Daly fashion, things took a rough turn on Thursday at the Avantha Masters, after Daly's club caught a buried tree root on his second shot on the par-5 ninth hole. Daly said on his Twitter account that his "elbow snapped" on the follow-through, which you know is never a good thing.

Daly was coming off two consecutive made cuts and a fourth-place finish in Qatar, his best finish since 2009, so the timing couldn't have been worse. While he was able to finish the round, his 7-over 79 put him in next-to-last place; Daly's injury update on Twitter noted that European Tour doctors believe there could be torn ligaments in his right elbow.

You have to feel bad for the guy. Two strong finishes don't equal a comeback, but there were some positive vibes going on that made you believe he was onto something. It'll be interesting to see how much this injury affects his game going forward.

Update: Daly has reportedly pulled out of the tournament and is heading home to have the elbow examined by a doctor.

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