Golf: `Sick' Daly breaks down in mid-round

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WITH NO warning, John Daly broke into a cold sweat and began shaking uncontrollably during Thursday's opening round of the Greater Vancouver Open in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

Daly, 32, was on the 15th fairway at the Northview Golf and Country Club when he suddenly broke down. Tears were rolling down his face and he was visibly shaken.

A recovering alcoholic who entered a rehabilitation centre as recently as last year, Daly was given two jackets to wear and was consoled by his playing partners, Corey Pavin and David Frost. Daly was taken directly to his hotel room following the round and the only statement made by the PGA Tour said that "he was sick".

Daly closed his round by going one-under on the final four holes to finish with a 3-over-par 74, 10 shots behind the leader, Payne Stewart. He parred the 15th hole, and after making an eight-foot birdie putt on 16, he immediately dropped his putter. He closed with pars on each of the final two holes.

Daly was first admitted to an alcohol rehabilitation programme in January, 1993. He has been suspended twice by the PGA Tour. Daly made his name by winning the PGA Championship in 1991, but his last victory came at the 1995 Open.