It appears your browser may be outdated. For the best website experience, we recommend updating your browser. Advanced to the first Playoffs event and finished No. Took full advantage of his first full season on PGA TOUR Champions, posting his first career victory, a third-place finish and a 22nd place finish on the final money list. Led the Tour in driving distance at Among the two cuts made in 10 starts, finished inside the top 10 in Puerto Rico. Suffered a collapsed lung August 29 on the No. Had a lingering rib injury since that caused severe pain and affected his breathing. Made a late-season push, but at No.
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It was late May, and a year-old nicknamed "Little John" was tied for first place after 36 holes at the golf course where his given name became a household one 29 years ago. Little John knew what the moment meant, but he was comfortable in it. The pressure felt right.
Daly is known primarily for his driving distance off the tee earning him the nickname "Long John" , his non- country club appearance and attitude, his exceptionally long backswing, the inconsistency of his play with some exceptional performances and some controversial incidents , and his personal life. His two greatest on-course accomplishments are his "zero to hero" victory in the PGA Championship , and his playoff victory over Costantino Rocca in the Open Championship. In addition to his wins on U. He did so again in every year from to , and he was the only player to do so until After , Daly's career began to falter and he had trouble making cuts and staying on the tour. He was primarily earning PGA Tour event entries through past champion status and numerous sponsor invitations.