John Daly to debut on Champions Tour this week

The Champions Tour is about to get a massive dose of peroxide colour and nonsensical pants as one of the sport’s most popular yet polarising characters turned 50 last week.

Two-time major champion John Daly celebrated his 50th birthday last Thursday, qualifying him for his spot on the Tour and a debut at this week’s Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands, Texas.

John Daly John Daly (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

Daly won five-times on the PGA Tour including the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick and 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews, but his career was largely chequered by a spate of off -course issues, including numerous divorces, drugs and alcohol dependencies and a diet only Willy Wonka would approve of.

Still, the long-hitting Daly is eagerly looking forward to the chance of a second career among old friends.

“It’s a new chapter,” Daly told PGATOUR.Com recently, “It’s going to be kind of a year of testing the waters. I’m looking forward to it and seeing some of my old buddies out there.”

“Fuzzy (Zoeller) and Hubert Green were my favourites. Ben Crenshaw, Craig Stadler. Tom Watson always took me under his wing. It’s great that I’m going to be able to come out and play golf with them again.”

Daly last won on the PGA Tour at the 2004 Buick Invitational and has relied mainly on sponsor’s invites in recent years to play tournament golf, bobbing up all over the world in the strangest of places but never playing to anything like his best.

“It’s not good,” he said when asked about his form. “I’m working on everything. My driving is really, really good. It’s just that my putting really isn’t where I want it to be. My wedges aren’t really dialled in right now.”

“This has been a crazy seven years, just not being able to play as much as I want to, not being able to get into many tournaments.“

“So I’m going to have really work my butt off to get it back.”