Past Champion and fan favorite John Daly won’t be able to play in this years British Open Championship. He was forced to withdraw and he will undergo season ending elbow surgery. Daly hurt his right elbow at the Greenbrier Classic and withdrew from that tournament.

Daly sent out a tweet that said; Surgery on elbow next week out for 3-4 months #canthandlepainanymore.  Daly told the AP’s Doug Ferguson that he felt the first twinges of what turned out to be a torn tendon in May at the Byron Nelson Championship. Doctors gave him the go-ahead to continue playing but to avoid striking any objects that might further damage the tear.

”And that’s what happened on the 12th hole Friday at Greenbrier,” Daly told Ferguson. ”I was just trying to chip out and there was a root under the ball. It wasn’t more than 50-yard chip shot. But that’s the pain I’ve been dealing with.”

Time is running out on Daly, he isn’t getting any younger and he isn’t winning any golf tournaments either. His style of play has always made him a fan favorite. Daly could hit the ball as far or further than anyone on the PGA tour and people always wanted to see Daly go for it.

Because he is a past champion of the British Open we can expect to see John make a return to the site of one of his 2 majors wins next year we hope. We wish Daly the best and hope he recovers quickly.

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