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Blog Hound: Golf Instructor Butch Harmon Drops John Daly

Bloggers discuss golf instructor Butch Harmon dropping PGA Tour golfer John Daly after Daly's behavior at the PODS Championship last week.

Larry Brown Sports
Posted by: Larry Brown
“Tiger’s always said he works as hard as he does because he doesn’t have Daly’s talent. That say enough for you?”
The Neckbeard Brigade
Posted by: PigBearMan
“As for Butch, he watches a guy shoot a 77 (probably) blind drunk, then ditches him? Most people couldn't shoot 110 on those courses sober, let alone pissed. If he was as good a coach as he thinks he is, he would have Daly practicing drunk to better prepare him for tournament play.”
Posted by: Chuck
“I hear John Daly has a gambling problem too, he estimates that he’s lost over $50 million gambling away his money. I think we all know how this story is going to end.”
Posted by: rock
“JD is a drinker?  Fan me with a brick.  The guys initials are JD for a reason and it’s not necessarily because of his name, okay?”
The View From The South
Posted by: Spencer
“I liked that he used the word shenanigans. In response to this Daly probably could be found in a nearby bar turning up a Bud Light.”

BUILDING THE BUZZ: Sports Media Challenge's Buzz Manager analyzed the online buzz about Daly being dropped by Harmon. Bloggers who side with Daly or think this is good for his career were tallied as positive, representing 27.78% of the buzz. Bloggers who are critical of Daly and his actions were counted as negative, making up 55.55% of posts. Click here for more information.See for more info.

The topic ranked 5 out of 10 on the buzz, indicating a medium level of interest among sports bloggers.

  • With the extensive list of negative occurrences in Daly’s career, fans believe this might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. They think Daly will become nothing more than a story about what happens when raw talent is combined with a terrible work ethic.
  • The same reasons Harmon cited as why he left Daly are the reasons why fans love to watch the big hitter. These fans side with Daly because he is a “common” man that has issues.
  • A group of fans are worried that Harmon’s departure from Daly’s life will trigger another period of intense alcoholism and depression.

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