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Name: - John Daly
Country: - USA
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.
Turned Pro: - 1987
Web Address: - http://www.johndaly.com

Roll of Honour

Majors (2) - US PGA Championship (1991); The Open (1995). Multiple wins on the US PGA Tr (5), European Tr (3) and Asian Tr (1). PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (1991).

Golf course design

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).

Did you know?

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.

Top tournaments won by John Daly

2017Snr AmericaInsperity InvtlWoodlands CC, TX202 (-14)$322,500
Played as the Insperity Invitational (May 5-7). Second-placed Tommy Armour III (USA) and Kenny Perry (USA) finished 1 shot behind 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].
2004Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenTorrey Pines278 (-10)$864,000
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. [Final round: South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA. Earlier rounds: North & South courses].
2003Men AsiaKorea OpenWoo Jeong Hills282 (-6)US$85,543
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].
2001Men EuropeBMW Intl. OpenMunich Eichenried261 (-27)€300,000
Played as the BMW International Open (Aug 30-Sep 2). Second-placed Pádraig Harrington (Ire) finished 1 shot behind Daly (USA), who recorded the last of his three European Tour wins. [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].
1999Men AmericaJCPenney ClassicInnisbrook Resort260 (-24)$220,000
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].
1995Men MajorsThe OpenSt Andrews282 (-6)£125,000
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].
1994Men AmericaAtlanta ClassicAtlanta CC274 (-14)$216,000
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].
1992Men AmericaB.C. OpenEn-Joie GC266 (-18)$144,000
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].
1991Men AwardsRookie of Yr - PGA Tr$574,783see Score
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.
1991Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipCrooked Stick276 (-12)$230,000
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.].


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