Resurgent Daly Stays on Course to Realise His Augusta Ambition; GOLF
Byline: DEREK LAWRENSON
JOHN DALY'S glorious quest to make the field for next month's U.S.
Masters gathered pace yesterday at the scene of one of his most humiliating failures.
Daly, of course, is no stranger to extremes, but even by his standards the 18 he ran up on the sixth hole at the 1998 Bay Hill Invitational took some believing.
In yesterday's second round the 38-year-old American improved on that score by 14 shots during a round of 70 that left him well placed to fulfil his Augusta ambition.
Daly needs to remain in the top 10 of this year's U.S. Tour money list at the end of next week's Players' Championship to claim an invite, and is in prime position this weekend to improve on his current eighth place.
The idea that Daly could make the field at the season's first major seemed laughable when he played his first tournament of the year last month.
He was coming off the worst season of his career, having finished 171st on the money list, and his private world had fallen apart.
His comeback has thrilled everyone, and the emotional win at last month's Buick Invitational - his first in America for 10 years has given him the impetus to get to the Masters. …