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John Daly, always colorful, is back (final update)

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John Daly is back playing on the PGA Tour after a six-month suspension and adding another dimension to his colorful, if controversial, history.

Daly, suspended after allegedly being found drunk outside a bar, has lost 61 pounds (thanks to lap-band surgery) and is hoping to resurrect a tour career that includes two major championships.

He has been playing on the European Tour during his suspension and has been wearing trousers that make the colorful double-knits of the ‘70s look positively understated.

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He’s playing in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., this week, and we’ll be back with updates as his round progresses. Daly birdied the par-four ninth hole after eight straight pars to go to one-under par at the turn, but three straight bogeys on the back nine left him at two-over 72.

Phil Mickelson is also in the field, his final tuneup before next week’s U.S. Open and his first event since his wife Amy’s breast cancer was revealed three weeks ago. He shot a two-under-par 68 in his opening round, four strokes behind leader Brian Gay.

--Mike James


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