Daly, the 1995 Open champion, said on Thursday he would not be playing
in this year's event at Carnoustie, beginning next week.
The burly American,
a reformed alcoholic, sent a message to the organisers confirming
his withdrawal, which he threatened on Sunday when he withdrew from
this week's Loch Lomond event after finishing second-last in the
Irish Open at Druids Glen.
home to Memphis.
to the organisers, the Royal and Ancient Club, said: "After long
thought and consideration I have decided to withdraw. I have been
struggling with my confidence of late and I think it is best for
me to take a break from competitive golf and hopefully return with
a more positive attitude."
He wished the
organisers the best of luck with the championship and said he was
looking forward to returning for next year's event at St. Andrews,
where he won his title in 1995.
Ben Crenshaw and Time Kite had earlier withdrawn from the Open.
Daly was paid
a reported 100,000 pounds ($155,600) to play in Ireland last
week and played well for two rounds before a third round of 81,
including an eight on a par five and a seven on a par four.
It was the
latest in a series of golfing misadventures for the 33-year-old
American. He took a seven-over-par 11 on the eighth hole of the
final round at the U.S. Open in Pinehurst - and then vowed never
to play in the event again.
Prior to that,
he scored a 10 with six putts on the last hole of the first round
at the Memorial tournament and promptly withdrew.
At Bay Hill
in Florida last year, he took an 18 on one hole trying - and failing
- repeatedly trying to hit across a lake, perhaps the worst of his
Daly, hugely popular wherever he plays ever since he crashed on
to the scene by winning the 1991 U.S. PGA title, was part of the
1998 U.S. Alfred Dunhill Cup team and won all four of his matches
as his team reached the semifinals.
As well as
battling alcohol problems - he has not had a drink in more than
two years - Daly has also been a considerable consumer of hamburgers
He has also
had a gambling problem, reporting recently that he had lost $9