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John Daly throws club into Lake Michigan at the PGA Championship

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It was a day to forget for the former PGA Champion as he bowed out of the final major of the year, in style, at Whistling Straits. The colourfully dressed American was within the cut line when he seemed to lose all focus and control on the par three seventh.

Having began the hole using a four iron, he carved the ball right into the water hazard, known as Lake Michigan to non golfers! After dropping down to a six iron hoping for a better result, but he was left hoping.

The third attempt, his fifth shot thanks to penalties added, also found the drink leaving him to drop his club in disgust. The fourth attempt was definitely going left, as you could see he was try his hardest to avoid the water.

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After that, the American seemed rather at peace with everything as he walked off of the tee but then decided to hurl his six iron, over the cliff edge and to enjoy a similar fate to his three previous golf balls.

"I know we all go through it," Daly said. "But I seem to go through it more than anybody. I know it wasn't the right thing to do, but it was more of a reflex than anything.

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"I'm hitting draws with my irons all week. I get up there knowing the right side is not a problem and it doesn't come back."  

John Daly had allegedly had his lie angles adjusted to play more upright, which should encourage a right-to-left curvature on the golf ball.

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"What do you do? If it were 14 holes, I'd be a great player." Daly protested as he feels it's always one bad hole that keeps him from scoring well.

"The one I should have thrown is the 4-iron, not the 6-iron," he said. "It's the one that put me in the s**t, anyway."

We all know a club chucker!

This wasn't the first time a player has thrown their club in frustration whilst inside the public view, nor will it be the last. Rory McIlroy hit a 3-iron into the lake to the left of the eighth hole at Trump National Doral in March, then launched his club into the water.

"I've got him by 180 throws," Daly reminded the reporter.  If golf were based on flying golf clubs, rather than birdies, John Daly would be top of the rankings.

Where Donald Trump hired a diver to retrieve McIlroy's club, John Daly's club got slightly different treatment. A boat appeared close to the shoreline, and a kid got Daly's club and hoisted it up like a trophy. A bigger cheer from the crowd was heard than the one that Daly received when he eventually hit the green.

If you happen to throw your clubs about, remember it feels good for a second, but you have to live with the consequences. Where Daly will have to live with being branded a 'club chucker', you will be handed the finically responsibility of replacing that club!

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