Is this the end for John Daly?

Funny how the perceptions, actions and legacy of a person can change in the realm of professional sports -- Especially in the world of golf.

Two time major winner John Daly was once thought of as a 'people's champion' of sorts, when he virtually came from no where as the ninth alternate, to win the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club over Bruce Lietke.

'Long John' as he was dubbed by the fans and media, went on to win two more times in 1992 and 1994 before winning his second career major, at the 1995 Open Championship in a playoff over Constantino Rocca at St. Andrews.

Since those glory days, Daly has had more than his fare share of both on, and off course dilemmas.

From losing his PGA Tour card, to more recent issues of withdrawals and even banishment from certain events.

Last week at the Australian Open, Daly was having more than a few issues on the 11th hole at The Lakes Course in Sydney.

After washing seven balls in the water hazard, Daly had run out of balls, thus forcing him (or so it would seem) to call it a day.

This coming after he had carded a triple bogey on the previous hole, for playing the wrong ball out of a bunker after driving his tee shot into a green side bunker.

The once beloved figure shook hands with his playing companions and walked off the course.

Tournament director Trevor Herden had this to say after the latest incident involving Daly.

"I believe he's hit five or six balls in the water. I'm not really sure."

"He walked straight off the golf course. It's very disappointing, obviously, for the tournament."

"It's unacceptable and unprofessional."

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

He mentioned it as a habit due to the fact Daly in the past, has walked out before during the 2002 Australian Masters and 2008 Australian Open.

Further action has taken place after Daly's most recent on-course antics.

Ranked 666th in the world rankings, Daly was scheduled to play at the Australian PGA at the Hyatt Regency course at Coolum next week.

That will not be happening now, as the PGA of Australia withdrew his invitation.

PGA of Australia Chief Executive said, "The PGA does not need this kind of behavior tarnishing the achievements of other players and the reputation of our tournaments."

"John is not welcome at Coolum."

His last act in Australia may finally be the last straw that breaks the camel's back for Daly.

For a tournament to withdraw his invitation and say he is not welcome at their course. This could very well be the end of John Daly's very, very interesting career.

The once beloved character and player of the game, could be going out without so much as a glimmer of the star he once was.

Unfortunately, he may have no one to blame other than himself.

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