I’m old enough to remember John Daly pumping his fist while walking up 18, knowing he’d won his first PGA Championship in 91.
Thirty-one years and five wives later, Daly is back driving golf cart #69 and sits 2 sits seven strokes back of the first-round leader Rory McIlroy.
At one point, the 56-year-old was leading and 2-over after 18 when he clearly gives zero shits about his body, practicing, or winning.
The current leader of the PGA Championship: John Daly.
He’s 1-under through 2 holes. pic.twitter.com/O2aM0K76e4
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 19, 2022
The truly remarkable part of Daly’s first round? What he put in his body over 18 holes/4 hours.
John Daly inspires me pic.twitter.com/f6sVAo0xSe
— Ryan's Shorts! (@ryansgameshow) May 20, 2022
OOOHHHHH, YEAHHHH. And he did it all while riding golf cart 69, bro.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to smoke 21 cigarettes in 18 holes?
Have you EVER tried to drink 12 diet cokes in 4 hours?
I’d need to see the size of the bags of peanut M&M’s John demoed but that’s incredible, too.
After that, John went to the casino for 3 hours…
John Daly yesterday at the casino following a +2 round😂😂 pic.twitter.com/9oqTQOomvq
— Old Row Sports (@OldRowSports) May 20, 2022
after hitting Hooters for some wings and a selfie with the waitresses.
Of course John Daly went to Hooters after his first round at the PGA Championship pic.twitter.com/0XRFtQou7j
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) May 20, 2022
I love this man. He’s flawed and owns it all.
He’s never claimed to be anything other than he is and he relates to every Sunday warrior who likes to work hard and play hard and Daly has never been much for the rules of anyone’s road other than his.
10 years ago, John bought a golf course in Arkansas, and the only rules? You have to wear pants or shorts.
He’s been to rehab 5 times. Quit drinking/started drinking dozens of times. When John was diagnosed with a weird form of cancer, he issued a statement that said “Meh. I’ve had a good life and whatever happens, happens. I’m not changing shit.”
John’s a throwback who’ll probably run out the clock sooner than most, but he’s not ashamed of it ad that’s why everyone loves the man 30+ years later. He doesn’t give a shit and neither should you. Just enjoy the vibe.
John Daly with the early lead. Prior to the round, he said “Worst case scenario, I finish Top 5.” pic.twitter.com/hCZE08HWA8
— PGA Tuor (@pgatuor) May 19, 2022