Just when you thought John Daly’s game was done–with the arrests, the binge drinking, the hawking of merchandise in the Augusta National parking lot–the two-time major winner is rediscovering his game in Europe.
Daly closed with a final round 66 at the BMW Italian Open to finish tied for second in the Euro Tour event. Big John is playing in Europe while serving his six month suspension on the PGA Tour. For those not in the know, an intoxicated Daly spent the night in the slammer in October after passing out in a Hooters parking lot. John Daly at a Hooters? Shocking.
Since the self-professed lowpoint, Daly has dropped 60 pounds, changed his swing, and added a European feel to his wardrobe. From the looks of his clothing, let’s say it appears Daly might be hanging with Ian Poulter these days.
John has played four events on the European Circuit, making three cuts and banking more than $187,000–good for 79th on the money list. He shot steady rounds of 69-69-69-66 last week for his second place finish.
The Washington Times reports that Daly will use a sponsor exemption to attempt his PGA Tour comeback at the St. Jude Classic on June 11-14. Let’s hope this latest run isn’t just a flash in the pan, and Daly is actually making a lifestyle change. He’s too good of a golfer to waste away his talent like he has during the last decade.