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August 13, 2009

John Daly pulls out of PGA Championship

Former champion John Daly shot a 6-over-par 78 in the PGA Championship Thursday and then withdrew because of a back injury.

Daly had two late double-bogeys in his round at Hazeltine National Golf Club in the Minneapolis suburb of Chaska, Minn.

The longtime crowd favorite, who also won a British Open, has lost about 80 pounds in recent months. He has said the weight loss has caused back pain.

Daly won the PGA Championship as a virtually unknown player in 1991.