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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- John Daly told authorities his wife tried stab him with a steak knife, and the golfer had red marks on his cheeks when he showed up to play Friday on the course where he lives.
Daly called police about 6 a.m. on Friday, Shelby County Sheriff's department spokesman Steve Shular said. When deputies arrived, wife Sherrie and the couple's children were not there. Deputies could not find the knife he claimed she used.
Daly is competing this week in the Stanford St. Jude Championship on a sponsor's exemption. He was tied for eighth after the first round in which he had a triple bogey and rebounded with five straight birdies.
He did not speak with reporters, but issued a statement saying he was the "victim of an assault by my wife."
"I filed a complaint with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. They are investigating, and I'll have no further comment on the matter while they pursue their investigation. My only concern at this point is for the safety of my children and myself," the statement said.
Daly also said he was working with local authorities and tour security for protection. He had two bodyguards with him through his round, and he went from a tie for eighth to a tie for 58th with a 4-over 74 that featured two double bogeys, five bogeys and five birdies.
He did not speak to reporters after finishing his round, which should let him play into the weekend for only the fourth time in 12 events this year.
No charges had been filed Friday afternoon, and it will be Daly's decision whether he wants that to happen, Shular said.
The 41-year-old golfer and his wife argued last night at a restaurant near the golf course, he told deputies.