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Too Much, TooSoon?
In 2001, Ty Tryon, then 16, became the youngest person to make the cut at a PGAevent in 44 years. Two years later he was off the Tour, and now, at 24, Tryonis struggling to get back by playing the Nationwide circuit. Andy Staples looksat phenoms and the pressure that comes with success at a young age.
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AUGUST 19, 1991
A 25-year-oldrookie, John Daly won the PGA at Crooked Stick after being admitted as theninth alternate. SI writer John Garrity was there for Daly's stunningthree-stroke victory.
AS HE walked upthe 18th fairway after hitting an eight-iron to the middle of the green, Dalypumped his right arm to crank up the already deafening ovation. It wasvindication of sorts for Daly, who taught himself to play on a nine-hole coursein Dardanelle, Ark. (pop. 3,621), using balls he had fished out of a pond. Heis blunt in his assessment of teaching pros ("They're always trying tochange your grip") and college golf ("Too much brown-nosing goingon"), and he doesn't deny that he has had club-breaking fits in the face ofadversity. However, none of that was in evidence on Sunday. "I can tell youone thing, I've done this my way," said Daly, whose 1991 earnings of$166,590 were dwarfed by the $230,000 winner's check. "I don't have anybodyto blame for this win but me, and I love it."
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