Daly Snatches Camera, Smashes It into a Tree

By: AP
By: AP

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- John Daly smashed a spectator's camera into a tree while shooting a 6-over 78 in the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

His score made it likely the Memphis golfer will miss the cut for the third consecutive week Down Under.

After pushing his tee shot wide on the ninth hole, Daly walked into a clump of trees, where spectator Brad Clegg tried to take a picture at close range.

Daly snatched the camera and smashed it against the nearest tree.

He later released a statement saying Clegg got too close.

Daly took his penalty drop, finished the hole with a bogey and stormed off the course immediately after signing his card.

Asked if he would seek compensation, Clegg told the Australian Associated Press: "I don't think I'll be chasing him for the money. He's a big bloke!"

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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