Call this a career achievement award for John Daly. His worst moments? Start with batting a moving ball off a green at Pinehurst during the U.S. Open to vent his frustration; throwing his driver over a fence during the '97 PGA at Winged Foot; taking an 18 on Bay Hill's par-5 sixth hole around a lake in what could only be called a Tin Cup moment once, and another time scoring an 11 on the final hole when he disinterestedly and repeatedly tried to chip his ball out of the rocks guarding the pond.
Don't forget his frequently withdrawing from tournaments, including walking right to the parking lot after nine holes, which he did at the U.S. Open at Congressional; several PGA Tour suspensions; walking away from a sweetheart deal with Callaway Golf, which had paid off his gambling debts, because he refused to attend rehab therapy sessions.
He once wrote a raunchy biography about his life, mentioning that he once had sex 10 times in one day with one of his wives (he's had four) and claiming that he's lost $60 million gambling. There's more. His current wife recently finished serving a prison term. He drinks heavily but still claims not to be an alcoholic. He smokes. He's grossly overweight -- 320 would be a polite, conservative guess. He was seen in a reality show on The Golf Channel, which only made him (and his family) seem even more dysfunctional. And have you heard him sing one of his homemade songs? Now that's embarrassing.
6. The Premature Celebration.
Justin Leonard's 30-foot putt at The Country Club in 1999 became known as The Shot Heard 'Round the World. First, it was the putt that ultimately clinched a most amazing and unlikely comeback by the American team in what was perhaps the most exciting Ryder Cup ever. Second, it became even more infamous because of what happened next.
A number of Leonard's teammates and their wives, watching from behind the 17th green, leaped in excitement after he made the putt, ran across the green and mobbed him. It was a major lapse of decorum because they had all forgotten Leonard's putt wasn't a winner. His opponent, Jose Maria Olazabal, still had a long putt to tie him on the hole.
Replays showed none of the Americans came even close to stepping on Olazabal's line, but it was nonetheless bad manners at its worst. The British press, who openly root in the press center, ignored the European team's choke of the century and focused instead on the Americans' bad behavior. "How can you call yourself a man of god?" one Brit writer chided Tom Lehman in a post-match interview. It's been seven years, but rest assured the British media haven't forgotten. At some point during the Ryder Cup, the tabloids will ambush Lehman, this year's captain, with referrals to '99.
7. Great White Shock.
Greg Norman had some embarrassing finishes. He blocked his approach shot way right into the grandstands in the 1984 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, which he later lost in a playoff to Fuzzy Zoeller. He blocked his approach shot way right on the 72nd hole at the Masters in 1986 and made a bogey that opened the door for the amazing win by Jack Nicklaus.
He had incredible misfortune -- Larry Mize chipped in to beat him in the '87 Masters; Bob Tway holed a bunker shot on the last hole to beat him in the '86 PGA; David Frost holed a long bunker shot to beat him in New Orleans.
But nothing topped the 1996 Masters, where Norman tied the course record of 63 and looked invincible, taking a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo into the final round. "Not even you can **** this one up," one elderly magazine writer told Norman on Saturday night.
Norman looked completely uncomfortable in the final round, had lost his lead by the turn and wasn't even in contention by the end. He shot 78 while Faldo posted an impeccable 67 to win his third Masters. Faldo, considered cold and standoffish, gave Norman a hug on the final green and told him, "Don't let the bastards get you down."
It was a Masters finish that no one felt good about.
8. Worst to First.
The search for America's Worst Avid Golfer was one of America's worst ideas, courtesy of Golf Digest. This event played out in horrific fashion in 1985 at the Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra, Fla. You won this tournament by losing.
The final four worst golfers (taken from a field of 627 applicants) featured a restaurant owner, a stockbroker, an attorney and a grocery store manager. In a show that was golf at its ugliest, the foursome shot a combined 18-hole total of 836, hit 102 balls into the water, hit no greens in regulation, made no pars and only one bogey.
The winner, Angelo Spagnola of Fayette City, Pa., took the title thanks to his finish -- a 66 on the par-3 island-green 17th hole (only after he resorted to putting his ball across the bridge to the green following 27 failed tee shots into the lake) and a 22 at the 18th.
Deane Beman, the PGA Tour commissioner, said the 17th would forever-more be known as Angelo's Alley. Funny, but that never caught on perhaps because we mentally try to block out pain.
Spagnola's finish gave him the highest score -- or winning score, if you can call it that -- of 257, which happened to be the tour's 72-hole tournament record then, set by Mike Souchak in 1955. Fourteen camera crews followed the foursome in an all-day ordeal. It was brutal, it was awful, it was seven hours of car wrecks. At a post-round press conference, Spagnola answered questions about earning the title of America's Worst Avid Golfer, and was asked what he was going to do next. "Take lessons," he said.
9. Fit to Be Tied.
Somehow, the 2003 Presidents Cup in South Africa that ended up as a tie was passed off as an example of true sportsmanship. Which it was, in a way. The real story, however, was that the PC was an example of utter confusion and mismanagement.
The PGA Tour changed the rules so the event couldn't end in an unfulfilling tie, as the Ryder Cup has done. Yet it did, anyway. The playoff match to break the tie pitted Tiger Woods versus Ernie Els. While dramatic before darkness stopped play, it seemed silly since Woods had already beaten Els in their singles match a few minutes earlier, 4 and 3, and now was asked to play him again. And wait a minute? Darkness stopped play?
There were only 12 singles matches. Only an idiot (or possibly a TV network?) would schedule the tee times so late that darkness would fall before a playoff could be completed. That's inexcusable stupidity. Most embarrassing, cameras homed in on the rival captains, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, as they pulled out a cell phone and called PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem to change the event's rules and make up new ones, live on TV.
The obvious answer would've been to return the following morning for the finish, but the Americans wanted to go home and Woods had a scheduled safari vacation, on which he would propose marriage to his girlfriend, Elin Nordgren. He didn't want to play, either. A tie saved face for everyone but while this PC put the event on the map, it was also its most embarrassing low.
10. The best chip shot that never was.
It was the 2000 Solheim Cup in Scotland and in a four-ball match, Pat Hurst of the U.S. hit a shot to three feet on the 13th hole for birdie. Annika Sorenstam of Europe chipped in from off the green for a matching birdie. Hurst's partner, Kelly Robbins, faced a 25-foot birdie putt and after looking the thing over, told her captain, Pat Bradley, that she, not Sorenstam, was farther from the hole. If true, that meant Sorenstam played out of turn.
Bradley, desperate because her team was losing badly overall, stepped in and confronted the players and the match officials. Sorenstam broke into tears when officials ruled that yes, she played out of turn and under match play rules, was forced to play the shot again. She didn't make the chip a second time, Hurst made her putt and the Americans won the match. The irate Europeans went on to drum the Americans by three points and the event's sportsmanlike tone was tainted.
Sorenstam made a mistake -- she should've checked with her opponents to be sure she was away, and when she was found to be wrong, she should have accepted it. If Robbins really thought Sorenstam wasn't away, she should have spoken up before the chip. And when she did decide there might be a problem, she should have gone directly to her opponents instead of looking like a weasel and going to her captain. While Bradley was within the rules to force the replay, it just wasn't very sporting. Everyone involved came off looking like sore losers.
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