Daly Looking For Fun, Birdies

RIDGEDALE, Mo--The pro golfers here have to be 50 years old in order to play on the Champions tour.

So every year there are new players excited to play the legends.

This year ten rookies are here including arkansas' own john daly. 

John Daly grew up just a few hours from the rolling hills of the Ozarks and is making his first appearance at the Champions Tour Legends of Golf.

"Well, it's close to home, I'm three hours from Branson.  It's a great area, beautiful up there," said John Daly.

This is Daly's first trip on the Champions Tour but that doesn't mean his style has changed.

From his Loud Mouth pants, to his booming drives, John Daly remains a fan favorite, especially during pro-ams. 

"He's easy going, he hits the big ball as you know.  Now that he's older he still hits the long ball.  And he's fun to watch.  He's a good guy when you're walking with him," said Bob Smith.

Long time Daly fans don't think he's lost any of his bravado with age.

"When he was young, before he went to college he came up and played at our course down in Harrison.  So anytime I get a chance to follow him.  And come out on the course and follow him.  I like to watch him hit the ball a long way.  Just like everyone else," said Mike Yarborough.

Daly captured the golf world's attention when he won the 1991 PGA championship after being the last alternate let into the field.

He added a British Open championship a few years later but not much since then.

The Champions Tour gives the Blonde Bomber new life.

And his fellow pros are welcoming him with open arms.

"He's a special feature.  A special character.  People love him so it's nice to have great players on this tour," said Jose Maria Olazabal.

Daly's teaming up with Michael Allen who won the Legends last year with Woody Austin.

Daly:"I don't know how it came about.  I wanted to play with Michael.  We said this two or three years ago.  So Woody's not mad.  I think it all worked out."

Daly admits he hasn't seen a lot of Top of the Rock but knows it'll be alot of fun.

"The course should be great.  I mean to be able to sit there and play a par three.  Hopefully the pace will be pretty quick.   We can get into a rhythm.  Just have a lot of fun and make a lot of  birdies," said Daly.



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