Senior Golf Tour
Senior Golf Tour
John Daly is not taking it lightly on the Senior Golf Tour over the next 3 months, in fact, he is attempting to play in 7 majors and also committing to a full playing schedule on the Champions Tour – he is a glutton for punishment but he wouldn’t want it any other way!
John Daly is in a very select group of PGA Tour Champions golfers who are eligible to play in 7 major golf championships this year which includes 5 on the PGA Champions Tour and also the Open Championship and the PGA Championship, being a past champion of the two majors he is going to have a beefed up 3 months to contend with!
They are calling it the 7 year itch for John Daly because that is how long it has taken him to get back to a full playing schedule, with his ups and downs he is throwing himself into the schedule with great anticipation – one player that I am sure will draw the big crowds in through the turnstiles whenever he plays a tournament.
He will be looking forward to this week’s Senior PGA Championship this week at Harbor Shores on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Benton Harbor, Michigan. With Colin Montgomerie also teeing it up searching for his 3rd Senior PGA Championship I am positive it will have some great highlights for all the fans.
All of this major golf playing will suit John Daly, from his first major win in 1991 at the PGA Championship as an alternate player to winning the famous Claret Jug at St Andrews 4 years later, this marked the 4th win of his 5 wins on the main PGA Tour so don’t think that John Daly still hasn’t got the fire in his belly to push for more major wins.
The only thing worrying Daly is that he has never played a few of the golf courses on the Champions Tour schedule, but I am sure with his length off the tee and boldness to want to please the fans, it won’t take him too long to figure out the new courses and layouts.
Saying that, there are a few courses on his schedule that he has played on before so he will relish the opportunity to return to the venues and grip it and rip as he normally does – golfing fans of all ages will enjoy watching Daly and also his swashbuckling golfing mentality – 2016 will hopefully be a turning point for John Daly and also to see his named etched on a few of the trophies at the end of the season.
Daly made his debut three weeks ago at the Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands where he tied for 17th. Among the places he can’t wait to get back to is En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, New York. The Dick’s Sporting Goods Open is July 8-10.
“It’s a great course for me,” Daly said. “I remember some people telling me, ‘What are you going to Endicott for? It’s way too tight for you.’ I’ve had great success there.”
Daly shot 14 under to win the B.C. Open by six strokes in 1992.
The Senior British will be played at Carnoustie from July 21-24. It is one that Daly is looking forward to with great anticipation.
“Carnoustie is one of my favourite places to play and I don’t think I ever broke par on it,” he said. “It’s a great course, a great layout. There are six, seven holes that are hard on my eye. Just a great course, never played really well but always look forward to playing it.
“The cool thing is I’ll be playing the British the week before and I’ll have two British Opens in a row.”
As a past champion of The Open Championship, Daly is exempt into that tournament. It will be at Royal Troon, where Daly missed the cut in 2004, just as he did in 2007 at Carnoustie.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Daly said. “For me, probably some of the favourite golf that I love to play is links golf, and to have two weeks in a row of it, hey, I’m all for it. I love it.”
If he can get a few rounds under his belt after a few tournaments his confidence will grow and he will start playing some exciting golf and posting some good scores, he even admits that he is just happy playing and getting to know the ropes and getting a feel for his new found vocation since turning 50 years of age – I say good luck John and keep blasting it and don’t hold back!
JD’s length has always been a major part of his game and I am sure that he will still be bombing his driver at every opportunity, but even in his own words he has lost a little bit of length off of the tee – but we are not talking major changes in distance just a few yards here and there – I suppose we all have to accept that with age as does JD too.
As with John Daly he always has been a great addition to the tour and this year he intends it to be no different, in fact, a lot of non-golfing fans will also get a sneak look at JD but not on the golf course but more than likely on the interstate freeways, because he will be driving his own tour bus around the mainland USA to get to all of the events, and hopefully to make all of the pro-ams prior to teeing it up in the main events.
It means he will be playing a lot of golf in 2016, his schedule might seem a lot to commit to but he is relishing every moment of it – good luck John Daly for 2016, welcome to the grand old age of 50 and let’s see your name etched on a few of the Senior Tours major championships this year!
No doubt there will be a few seasoned old time pro’s who will be attempting to stop him powering his way to tournaments wins and I am sure names like Langer, Montgomerie, Couples and Woosnam will have a bit to say about that too.
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Keep hitting those fairways and enjoying your golf in 2016!