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Peripatetic life suits Daly and son to a tee

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 December, 2011, 12:00am
 

Try to imagine an alternative career for John Daly. Teacher spring to mind? Maybe not. But he's combining travelling the world playing golf with home-schooling - or hotel-schooling - his son, and with some success.

'I've had custody of my boy since last Christmas, so I've had him with me all this year,' the fans' favourite said after hitting 67 yesterday to lie at one-under, nine shots off the lead. 'We've had a blast. He's travelled the world twice I think this year.'

John Jnr, 8, is instantly recognisable around Fanling with his Loudmouth trousers and blond mop. Daly (pictured) was granted custody from his fourth ex-wife Sherrie last December after a Tennessee judge jailed her for three days for repeatedly denying Daly court-ordered visitation, not bringing the boy to school and failing to get him speech therapy.

Living the tour pro life as an eight-year-old might be an unconventional childhood, but it seems to suit Little John: judging by his short game on the practice green at Fanling, his golf is coming along as well as his three Rs.

'He's chipping and putting all day. He loves Hong Kong. He loves to go to the mall by the Marriott and stuff so he's having a great time,' Daly said. 'I home-school him, he's got to go back tomorrow and do his test for second grade. I got him through two grades in a year so he could catch up.'

Daly eagled the 12th and had four birdies and three bogies for another solid round after a 74 on day one and a 68 on Friday. After a media storm following his walk-off in Australia two weeks ago, he's just happy to be playing. 'It's good; making the putt on 18 yesterday for that par [bogey would have meant a missed cut], it showed me a lot about myself, just hanging in there and making the cut when it could have gone the other way easily.

'For the eagle, I hit a good drive on 12 and a good six iron and made a great 30-footer. That's the longest putt I've made all year I think.'

Little John's not the only Daly learning; Big John has done some self-examination since Australia.

'I'm at the point where I just have to do the right things and respect myself,' he said. 'You can't respect anyone else unless you respect yourself and that's something that I've always had problems with.

'I've always been down on myself when I don't play good, everybody knows that, it's not a secret. It's tough, but I've just got to learn to deal with it a little better.'

Daly took time out on Friday to do a Q & A for staff at the sponsor's office in Hong Kong 'and played them a couple of the songs off my album'.

How did the tunes go down? 'That's why I'm sticking to golf!'

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