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Daly in fight at World Series of Golf

AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 28 -- Controversial golfer John Daly scuffled with the father of a fellow competitor at the conclusion of the World Series of Golf Sunday and according to witnesses directed obscenities at the man's wife. The incident involved Daly and Bob Roth, 62, father of Jeff Roth -- the head professional at the Flint (Mich.) Golf Club who earned a spot in the World Series field by winning the PGA Club Professional championship this year. Those who saw the incident said the long hitting Daly hit several shots into the group playing in front of him during the tournament's final round. Roth was in the group playing ahead of Daly and one of the shots narrowly missed Roth at the 14th hole. Roth's parents were in the gallery and after the round, Dolores Roth, the mother of the player, apparently questioned Daly on his golf etiquette. The witnesses said obscenities were exchanged in a courtyard located between the two courses at the Firestone Country Club and that the elder Roth jumped on Daly's back and began choking him. They wrestled to the ground and the altercation was broken up by fans. Roth suffered a scraped elbow in the incident. PGA Tour Commissioner Timothy W. Finchem, who is at the tournament, said he had been informed of the incident and would make a decision regarding possible penalties after hearing from both sides. Daly, 28, was suspended from the PGA Tour late last year by former commissioner Deane Beman after Daly walked off the course in the middle of a round in Hawaii.

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He served a four-month suspension and returned to the Tour to win the Atlanta Golf Classic -- which gave him entry into the World Series. After bursting onto the golf scene with his win in the 1991 PGA Championship, Daly has gone through a divorce and spent time in an alcohol rehabilitation clinic.

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