Daly 'may quit game': Golf

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John Daly has withdrawn from next week's US Masters at Augusta and will not play golf again until he has come to terms with his alcohol addiction. In his despair, as he entered the Betty Ford Clinic for a second time in four years on Tuesday, Daly admitted that may mean never again.

"If I don't feel like I can keep from drinking, I'm through. I might not play golf again," Daly said. "I'm going to stay here as long as it takes.

"I actually wanted to do this two months ago, but I wanted to get through the Masters. I really didn't want to miss the Masters because it's my favourite tournament," added the former US PGA and Open champion known as the "Wild Thing".

Last year Daly fell to 121st on the US money list and admitted he was drinking again "socially". "I played so poorly. It's hard when you have such a horrible year. Basically, I think I started drinking again because I was not playing well."

Daly withdrew from last week's Players' Championship with a hip injury after spending Thursday night drinking. "When I woke up in the hospital, I knew I needed help."

Daly will stay at the Betty Ford for at least six weeks but hopes to return for the Kemper Open in June, a week before the US Open.

n Seve Ballesteros's participation in the US Masters is in doubt after he withdrew from the Freeport McDermott Classic here with flu.