Daly makes cut but reinjures elbow on bunker shot
HONOLULU – John Daly returned to the PGA Tour after a six-month hiatus on Thursday, but he might need some additional time off after reinjuring his surgically repaired right elbow hitting a bunker shot in Friday’s second round of the Sony Open.
Daly, who had surgery on July 9 to repair a torn tendon, reinjured the elbow on the 12th hole at Waialae Country Club hitting his third shot out of a greenside bunker.
It was only his third hole of the day, and Daly stood 1 under for the round and 5 under for the tournament, but his good play would not continue.
The jolt to the elbow produced swelling where four pins were inserted. From that point on, Daly's day was on a wild, roller-coaster ride that produced two double bogeys, three bogeys, one eagle and two birdies.
“I just couldn't stop hitting duck hooks,” Daly said. “Thank God I putted good.”
Daly had 22 putts plus a chip-in on the 18th hole for eagle.
Not having played on Tour since The Greenbrier Classic last year, Daly had hoped the elbow issues were behind him. It will take a night of icing the arm before the verdict is in whether he has seriously injured himself or dislodged one of the pins inserted into the elbow.
"He said, if you ever hit something like that, those screws are pretty good in there,” Daly recalled Dr. Wesley Cox telling him after the surgery. "It's going to take a lot to get that out.”
It was Daly's first cut made on the PGA Tour since he finished 77th at the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic.