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John Daly may quit after missing Farmers Insurance cut

SECOND ROUND LEADERBOARD:
-11 DA Points (US), R Imada (Jpn) -9 M Every (US), M Sim (Aus) -8 G McNeil (US), J Rollins (US), C Tidland (US), B Crane (US), R Allenby (Aus)-7 C Wi (Kor), R Fowler (US), M Leishman (Aus), T Pernice jr (US), P Mickelson (US)
Selected others: -5 E Els (SA) -4 J Rose (Eng) -3 M Laird (Sco) -2 L Donald (Eng) -1 G Owen (Eng)


John Daly
Daly has won seven notable events - and two of them have been majors

Double major winner John Daly said he wanted to quit golf after missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Daly, 43, a USPGA and Open champion in the 1990's, shot 79 and 71 at Torrey Pines to miss the cut by eight strokes.

"I'm done," he told the Golf Channel. "I can't compete. I can't play like I used too. I can't keep taking spots from guys out here playing this bad."

DA Points and Ryuji Imada lead by two shots at 11 under, with Phil Mickelson four back and Justin Rose four under.

It is not the first time Daly has threatened to retire from the sport, however.

At last year's Buick Open he questioned his future in the sport after hitting an 88 but was back on the Tour by the end of the season.

He is now reliant on invitations having lost his past champion exemption at the end of the 2007 season.

The first half of 2009 saw him suspended by the PGA Tour for conduct detrimental to golf's image and he instead competed on the European Tour, finishing joint second at the Italian Open.

On returning to the United States, he played in six tournaments, missing two cuts and withdrawing from another.

Torrey Pines is the scene of Daly's most recent PGA title, the 2004 Buick Classic, but after his second missed cut of the season, he said: "It's not worth it. I'm tired of embarrassing myself in front of (my fans). I can't do it anymore."

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A reality programme following Daly's colourful lifestyle is due to be screened on The Golf Channel in March.

The Farmers Insurance tournament is played over two courses, the South and the easier North.

Points, a 33-year-old from Illinois who turned professional in 1999, had only one top-10 finish to his name prior to 2009, having joined the Tour in 2005.

Last season, he accumulated four, with a best finish of third but he missed the cut in both his opening events of this year.

However, he carded five birdies and an eagle on the South Course at Torrey Pines and said: "Funnily enough, I've played this course a lot more than I've played the other one, and I feel pretty comfortable out here.

"The main thing for this course is obviously just making putts and driving the fairway, and those are two things that I've done the last two rounds, especially today I made a lot of putts.

"My iron game isn't quite as sharp as I would love it to be, but certainly making putts is always a good way to make up for a little bit of a sloppy iron game."

Three-time major champion Ernie Els advanced to five under after a 69 on the North Course, while Rose had four birdies in a 69 on the South.

Scotsman Martin Laird stands at three under after a mixed 70 on the South Course, including an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys.

Luke Donald needed a birdie at the penultimate hole on the North Course to make the cut, but fellow Englishman Greg Owen missed out by a single stroke after matching four birdies with four bogeys on the South.



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