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Daly hits six balls into the water

USA’s John Daly has made an embarrassing exit from the Australian Open after walking off the course part way through the first round.

Daly, dressed in white golf clothing quit his round after hitting six balls into the water from the 11th tee at The Lakes Golf Club.

The two-time major winner then shook hands with playing partner Craig Parry before walking off the course.

"I would say this is the last time we see John Daly at this tournament," said tournament director Trevor Herden.

"I'm extremely bitter and disappointed. It's becoming a bit of a habit."

Daly, 45, also stormed off during his second round at the Austrian Open at Atzenbrugg in late September following a rules infringement. On a previous visit to the Australian Open in 2008, he reportedly smashed a spectator’s camera.

Daly later tweeted: "When you run out of balls, you run out of balls. Yes I shook my playing partner's hands and signed my card with the rules official."

But official Herden said running out of golf balls was no excuse for quitting in the middle of a round.

He added: "If you run out of golf balls and are acting in a professional manner, you would call the course officials and we would replenish his stock."

Daly, nicknamed 'Wild Thing', continues to attract numerous invitations to tournaments around the world despite failing to win a title since 2004.

The big-hitting American won the 1991 US PGA Championship in Carmel, Indiana and also the Open Championship in 1995.

The PGA of Australia have withdrawn Daly's invitation to the 24-27 November Australian PGA Championship at Coolum and said he would receive no appearance fee for either tournament.

"The PGA does not need this kind of behaviour tarnishing the achievements of other players and the reputation of our tournaments. John is not welcome at Coolum," Australian PGA chief executive Brian Thorburn said.

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