Despite the fact that professional golf returned to what could be considered a normal schedule in 2021, it managed to conclude the year with some unforgettable entertainment, courtesy of a father-and-son duel between John Daly and Tiger Woods at the PNC Championship in Orlando.
Afterward, Daly was able to put to rest a rumor that had been floating around about two of the most well-known characters from their generation of golfers. If there is any bad blood or damaged emotions between the two golfers, it is almost definitely not because of an event that occurred in 2019 that has been brought up previously.
John Daly and his son outdueled Tiger Woods and son Charlie
The PNC Championship has become a staple of the unofficial PGA calendar thanks to some big names and a television-friendly format that features fathers and sons teaming up in a two-day scramble format. It’s not the U.S. Open, but it’s also not a bunch of 4-handicaps slogging around an executive course.
John Daly and his son, John Daly II, finished at 27-under-par for 36 holes to beat Tiger Woods and his son, Charlie, by two strokes. The teams each fired 57s in the final round, the kind of clutch play that TV viewers eat up.
The Dalys scored $200,000 for the triumph in a field that included father-and-son teams headed by Justin Thomas, Lee Trevino, Henrik Stenson, Gary Player, and Vijay Singh.
Tiger Woods took exception to John Daly wanting to use a cart at the PGA Championship
After John Daly and his son took home the title at the PNC Championship last month, the winner of the 1991 PGA Championship and ’95 British Open joined Bob Memery on the Full Send Podcast, where they delved into a number of topics. Naturally, Tiger Woods’ name came up.
To his surprise, Daly shot a hole in one on the premise that a comment Woods made about Daly in 2019 discussing the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black had harmed their friendship and professional relationship.
Daly had already passed the peak years of his professional career by that point. He had missed the cut in his previous nine majors and hadn’t finished higher than a tie for 15th in a grand slam since winning the 1995 British Open, when he won his first major.
Because of a variety of physical issues, Daly was unable to go about Bethpage without assistance. When reporters inquired about the request, Woods responded, “As far as J.D. taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg, so …”
Specifically, Woods was referring to his historic performance at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, which was the 14th of his 15 major championships at the time. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee shortly after winning the Masters in the spring of that year, but he ended up playing the U.S. Open with a ruptured ACL and a double stress fracture of his tibia, which he didn’t disclose until two days after winning the tournament.
John Daly cleared the air about what many presumed was an incident creating bad blood
In the podcast interview, John Daly explained that he didn’t necessarily perceive Tigers Woods’ comment about using a cart as a personal affront. In Daly’s mind, the media blew Woods’ words out of proportion.
“He didn’t know the facts because the media, ‘the media’ didn’t tell him I had diabetes and I had a bad two knees and my hips out and all this stuff,” Daly said, according to BroBible.com. “He apologized to me at dinner the other night. I mean, he’s fine. I love Tiger.”
If that’s the case, then John Daly’s an even cooler dude than we thought.
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