John Daly lashes out at photographer

Dec. 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM   |   Comments

SYDNEY, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Professional golfer John Daly allegedly verbally berated a spectator Thursday for attempting to take his picture during the Australian Open, the fan claims.

Sydney resident Brad Clegg said when he attempted to take a photograph of the 42-year-old golfer at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, Daly lost his temper and smashed the camera into the ground and then threw it into a tree, The Times of London reported.

Clegg said Daly did offer to purchase a new camera for him following the outburst.

Daly confirmed the incident on the green did occur but added in a statement that it was prompted by Clegg's "rude" use of his camera.

"I was looking to take a drop and the camera was 6 inches away from my face," Daly said.

"If I was 10-under-par I would have felt the same. My eyes are still burning from the flash of the camera. I feel it was very rude to put a camera that close to anybody's face in any situation."

The two-time major winner, who is struggling at the Australian Open, won't be sanctioned by tournament officials for the incident, The Times said.

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