John Daly is one of the most interesting figures in the game of golf. The Daly legend began when he won the 1991 PGA Championship as the last player in the field. His “grip it and rip it” style of play brought in legions of blue collar fans.
Daly has never shied away from his personal demons, and that made his win at the 2017 Insperity Invitational that much more entertaining.
Daly, 51, has never lacked in the talent department. However, he’s struggled to recapture the type of performance that saw him win last in 2004. Playing much of his golf on sponsor’s exemptions fromm being a past champion.
However, when Daly became eligible for the Champions Tour in 2016, he seemed to dive in head first. He made his debut at last year’s Insperity Invitational, finishing tied for 17th. While Daly still maintains his up-and-down nature, he seems to have that competitive fire burning as bright as ever. Considering his history, this past weekend was peak John Daly. One year into his Champions Tour journey, Daly held the half way lead at The Woodlands Country Club, and appeared set to cruise to victory. Clad in his LoudMouth brand American flag pants, he carried a two-shot lead into the final three holes.
Most players would be conservative here. John Daly is not most players. Loose drives led to three straight bogeys to finish, but Kenny Perry and Tommy Armour III couldn’t take advantage of Daly’s errors. What happened at the end and after the tournament was exactly what you’d expect, however. On his walk up the 18th fairway, Daly knelt to the ground and kissed the giant umbrella logo, honoring the late Arnold Palmer. Then, once the mission was complete, the party started, and it was glorious. John Daly just being John Daly, the only way he knows how. As it turns out, Daly even has a fan in the Oval Office, as he got a shout-out on Twitter from President Trump on Monday morning. We hope he keep winning for many years to come.