BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) — Recently 50, John Daly has earned an invitation to the Senior PGA Championship.
Daly is known as much for his wild lifestyle as his enormous talent, and he’ll doubtlessly be one of the main attractions when the tournament starts Thursday at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor.
Daly has won two major championships — the PGA Championship in 1991 and British Open in 1995 — but admits his lifestyle didn’t help his game much.
“My problem was when I did win, I got lazy in the 90s. I didn’t work as hard,” the tournament rookie said Wednesday during a press event in Benton Harbor. “Everything was coming in so fast, money was coming in, and I wasn’t your Jason Day. The way he does it, once he wins, he’s back at it again.”
Whereas Day, who’s currently leading the PGA Tour, is always working hard and “wanting to keep winning and winning and winning,” Daly said, “I was enjoying the moment.”
“John is a great asset to this tour,” two-time Senior PGA Champion Colin Montgomerie said. “He’s a fantastic asset. Everywhere he’s gone he’s been an asset to golf. Everyone wants to see John play, play in pro-ams with John Daly, the John Daly fan club, and all the stuff that goes on.”
Daly made his tour champions debut last week, finishing in a tie for 15th place. He said he can already feel the difference between the PGA Tour and the Tour Champions. This one, he said, it a lot more fun.
“Each week, there’s more major winners playing in the Senior Tour, Champions Tour, than there is on the regular tour,” Daly said. “They’re just great guys. You can actually play golf with them. You want to beat their brains in as they want to beat me. End of the day, you can go out and have a drink with them. You can ask them anything you want. They’ll give you an honest answer. Everybody out here is to help everybody.”
The Senior PGA Championship runs Thursday through Sunday. Daly will start off in a threesome that includes Mark Calcavecchia and Bernhard Langer.