Daly set for Champions Tour debut after turning 50

Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:44pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Long-hitting John Daly celebrated his 50th birthday on Thursday, the official stamp of approval to earn him a spot at next week's Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands in Texas for his debut on the over-50s Champions Tour.

A prodigious driver of the golf ball with a magician's touch around the greens, the 'Wild Thing' has been one of the sport's biggest drawcards since he turned professional in 1987 and is certain to attract fans in droves on the seniors circuit.

Daly, a five-times winner on the regular PGA Tour where two of his victories came in major championships, readily admits his game is in rusty shape but he is eagerly looking forward to once again competing against some of his long-time friends.

"It's a new chapter," Daly said in an interview with pgatour.com while preparing for the May 6-8 Insperity Invitational. "It's going to be kind of a year of testing the waters.

"I'm looking forward to it and seeing some of my old buddies out there. Fuzzy (Zoeller) and Hubert Green were my favorites. Ben Crenshaw, Craig Stadler. Tom Watson always took me under his wing.

"It's great that I'm going to be able to come out and play golf with them again."

Daly has not won on the PGA Tour since the 2004 Buick Invitational in San Diego and has relied mainly on sponsor's invites in recent years to play tournament golf.

"It's not good," he said when asked about his form. "I'm working on everything. My driving is really, really good. It's just that my putting really isn't where I want it to be. My wedges aren't really dialled in right now.

"This has been a crazy seven years, just not being able to play as much as I want to, not being able to get into many tournaments. So I'm going to have really work my butt off to get it back."   Continued...

 
Aug 13, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA;  John Daly tees off on the 2nd hole during the first round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits.  Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports