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Anonymous Pro: How many years has John been living off exemptions? What's he done for any of these tournaments in the last five years? He withdraws from half of them. He may still be a draw at some level, but I think it's like a car race. People go out there to see John crash. John's had his chances. He shouldn't expect any more handouts.
Hack: He has no right to bitch about exemptions. He's gotten enough for 10 golfers. He needs to earn his way back.
Dusek: Based on his comments, Daly sounds like he has a sense of entitlement—I'm John Daly, I should get sponsor's exemptions. That shouldn't be the case.
Bamberger: No matter what you think about Daly, to me he is the single greatest golf talent I ever saw. He won two majors on two good courses. Really, it was tragic the amount of talent he let go to waste.
Shipnuck: At this point, a Daly show just feels like exploitation. We all know he has demons. Why does Golf Channel have to bring this into our living room again?
Garrity: I'm really uncomfortable with his new show. It's enabling his same old destructive behavior. Besides, his goodbye came in front of Golf Channel cameras so I suspect he was performing. Threatening to quit the game at the very start of your new reality series is a calculated act, not a legitimate cry for help.
Van Sickle: More PGA Tour events keep falling onto Golf Channel. How is the network doing?
Garrity: I've heard a lot of criticism, but that's the nature of the beast. I think they've been improving all along. The style of coverage seems to be nonstop gab, but I've always liked that. That's a more European approach, with a couple of voices prevailing, as opposed to the American network approach of nine-second sound bites from 12 guys out on the course. That's too choppy. I prefer the longer, slower, gabbier Golf Channel approach.
Van Sickle: They seem to think viewers really, really care about whether a putt is into the grain or breaks a half inch instead of an inch, and where the player will be in the FedEx Cup standings should he make the putt or miss it. I don't.