Daly is known primarily for his "zero to hero" victory in the 1991 PGA Championship, his driving distance off the tee (earning him the nickname "Long John"), his non-country club appearance and attitude, and his rough-and-tumble personal life. Daly remains one of the most popular and intriguing figures on the Tour, despite his recent lack of success.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||283 lb (128 kg)|
|College||University of Arkansas|
|Current tour||PGA Tour (joined 1987)|
|Professional wins||19 (PGA Tour: 5, Other: 14)|
| Best Results in Major Championships|
|U.S. Open||T27: 1997|
|The Open||Won 1995|
|PGA Championship||Won 1991|
|Rookie of the Year||1991|
He joined the PGA Tour in 1991 and won the PGA Championship that year. This victory gained Daly a significant amount of media attention due to the fact that Daly was the ninth and final alternate for the Championship. He entered the competition when Nick Price dropped out and no other alternate could make it. He parlayed this opportunity into a first round score of 69, without a practice round. He finished the tournament with scores of 69-67-69-71, giving him a three-stroke victory over Bruce Lietzke. Daly was subsequently named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. He was also the first rookie to win a major title since Jerry Pate won the U.S. Open in 1976.
He won the B.C. Open in 1992 and the BellSouth Classic in 1994. In 1995, he unexpectedly won the British Open in a playoff with Italian Costantino Rocca at St. Andrews. Daly is the only eligible two-time major winner never selected to play in the Ryder Cup.
As he is not among the Top 50 on the PGA Tour's All-Time Career Money List, Daly must now depend heavily on Sponsor Invitations (PGA Tour Exemption Category 11) Some 2007 PGA Tour events have already extended such invitations. Outside of sponsor invitations, Daly can also play in most 2007 regular events via Exemption Category 30, "Past Champions, Team Tournament Winners and Veteran Members beyond the Top 150 Leaders on the 2006 PGA Tour Official Money List".
As far as individual tournaments are concerned, Daly is exempt for life in the PGA Championship and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, up to age 65 in the British Open and up through 2009 in the Buick Invitational. In order to play in the Masters, U.S. Open, a World Golf Championship or a FedEx Cup Playoff Event, Daly would have to satisfy the particular invitational requirements of such events.
Most fans and golf columnists will readily point to the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship as the event where John Daly's current post-2006 exempt status would be determined. Tied with Tiger Woods at the end of regulation play, Daly missed a short par putt on the 2nd extra playoff hole, giving Woods the victory. Had Daly instead made the par, and then had gone on to win, he would have earned a 3-year PGA Tour exemption through 2008.
Daly was invited to play in the Honda Classic on March 1, 2007 on a sponsor's exemption, but had to withdraw after two holes. Daly pulled a muscle near his shoulder blade when he tried to stop his backswing after a fan snapped a picture.
In May 1993, he was upset by his opening round at the Kemper Open, threw his scoring card in the scoring tent, walked off, and was disqualified. In late 1993, Daly was given an indefinite suspension for 1994 after quitting in the middle of the Kapalua International and told to seek treatment for his alcoholism. He was at first suspended for the first 12 tournaments of the 1994 season, but he came a few weeks earlier than expected and played in the Honda Classic, finishing fourth. These incidents resulted in a stretch between 1996 and 2001 without a professional victory. During this stretch, Daly was especially known for having spectacular blow-up holes near the end of rounds such as knocking multiple balls into water or out-of-bounds for a double-digit score or hitting a ball while it was still moving and then walking off the course. During the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open, Daly was visibly shaking as he tried to play, causing the television announcers to audibly wince at the sight. Daly's fourth wife Sherrie pleaded guilty to federal drug charges and was sentenced to a five month prison term.
Over the past several years, Daly has gotten his alcohol problem under control and, after winning a few minor tournaments, broke his long PGA Tour drought on February 15, 2004, by winning the Buick Invitational. He clinched his victory on the first hole of a three-way playoff by hitting a long, difficult greenside bunker shot to within inches of the hole. Daly went on to have some of his most consistent play ever in 2004 and 2005.
In March 2008, Daly's swing coach Butch Harmon quit, saying that "the most important thing in [Daly's] life is getting drunk.
On June 8, 2007, Daly and his wife Sherrie got into a fight at a restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee, site of that week's tour stop, the Stanford St. Jude Championship. Daly claims that later that night his wife attacked him with a steak knife. He showed up for his 2nd round on Friday afternoon with cuts and scrapes across his face. Authorities were contacted by him and came to his house, but his wife had already fled the scene and taken their children with her. Daly's other ex wife, Paulette Dean Daly, has now been linked to Baseball star Roger Clemens in an alleged affair during Roger's marriage.
Major championships shown in bold.
|Year||Championship||54 Holes||Winning Score||Margin||Runner Up|
|1991||PGA Championship||3 shot lead||-12 (69-67-69-71=276)||3 strokes||Bruce Lietzke|
|1995||The Open Championship||4 shot deficit||-6 (67-71-73-71=282)||Playoff 1||Costantino Rocca|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||75||T14||81||1||T67||DNP||CUT||DNP|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||T72||CUT||T15||CUT||CUT||CUT|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.