Name:John Patrick Daly
Born:April 28, 1966 in Carmichael, nr Sacramento, California.
Original/Home Club:University of Arkansas
Occupation:Professional golfer; golf course designer; fashion entrepreneur; song writer and recording artist.
MAJORS (2): US PGA Championship (1991); The Open (1995). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour (5), European Tour (3) and Asian Tour (1). PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (1991).
Daly's best known design projects include, but are not limited to: Blarney Resort (Ireland); Thundering Waters (Niagara Falls, Ontario); Murder Rock (Missouri); The Lion's Den (Arkansas) and Wicked Stick (Myrtle Beach).
Daly is unquestionably one of the most colourful, flamboyant and controversial golfers of the modern-era. On the golf course he is known for his significant "overswing," which produced prodigiously long drives in his prime. The "Long John" drives were backed-up with a fabulous short game, which allowed Daly to capture two major championship titles during his turbulent career. The second major came in the 1995 Open Championship on the Old course, St Andrews, where he comfortably beat Costantino Rocca in a four-hole playoff. Daly is the only two-time major winner not to have appeared in a Ryder Cup.
On and off the golf course, Daly has been a controversial character. Spats with officials and spectators have featured along the way, with fines and penalties being meted out, not least in one or two Australian tournaments. Gambling and alcohol addiction also played a part in Daly's eventful career, although he is now teetotal.
More recently Daly has promoted a line of golf apparel that is unashamedly "loud." Through all the ups and downs, Daly has maintained a large and loyal fan base, and is generally regarded as a "big draw" by tournament promoters.
Played as the PNC Championship (Dec 18/19; post-season 36-hole scramble event). Second-placed Team Woods (Tiger & his 12-year-old son Charlie) finished 2 shots behind Team Daly (John & his son John Daly II). The Daly's won the Willie Park Trophy (a pair of red leather championship belts). [Ritz-Carlton GC, Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL]. Note: this was Tiger Woods first competitive event following his serious car accident in February 2021.
Played as the Insperity Invitational (May 5-7). Second-placed Tommy Armour III (USA) and Kenny Perry (USA) finished 1 shot behind 51-year-old John Daly (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour Champions win after exactly a year on the Tour. [Tournament course, The Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
Played as the Buick Invitational (Feb 12-15). Daly (USA) beat Luke Donald (Eng) and Chris Riley (US) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA; earlier rounds on North & South courses].
Played as the Kolon Korea Open (Oct 9-12; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Thaworn Wiratchant (Thai) finished 1 shot behind first-time Asian Tour winner Daly (USA). [Woo Jeong Hills CC, Cheonan, S Korea].
Played as the BMW International Open (Aug 30-Sep 2). Second-placed Pádraig Harrington (Ire) finished 1 shot behind John Daly (USA), who recorded the last of his three European Tour wins. [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].
Played as the JCPenney Classic (Dec 2-5; two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr; the last JC Penney Classic after a 23-year run). Winning team of John Daly (USA) & Laura Davies (Eng) beat Paul Azinger (USA) & Se Ri Pak (S Kor) with a 30-foot birdie putt at the third playoff hole. [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
The Open Championship (124th) (July 20-23). Daly (USA) beat Costantino Rocca (Italy) in a four-hole playoff: Daly 15 (-1), Rocca 19 (+3). [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
Played as the BellSouth Classic (May 5-8). Second-placed Brian Henninger (USA) and defending champion Nolan Henke (USA) finished 1 shot behind Daly (USA). [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].
Played as the B.C. Open (Sept 24-27). Second-placed Jay Haas (USA), Nolan Henke (USA), Joel Edwards (USA) and Ken Green (USA) finished 6 shots behind Daly (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY].
The US PGA Championship (73rd) (Aug 8-11). Second-placed Bruce Lietzke (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time major championship winner Daly (USA). Daly, the ninth alternate, got his chance to play when Nick Price withdrew. Without a practice round, Daly posted a first round 69. He seized the lead in the second round, and didn't let it go. [Crooked Stick GC, Carmel, Ind.].
Daly (USA) won the PGA Tour 1991 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. He finished 17th on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $574,783.
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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