John Daly is the Champions Tour…or the PGA Tour Champions…or Senior Tour. Nope, not the Senior Tour anymore. Whatever you want to call pro golf’s circuit for the over 50 set, John Daly is the main attraction.
This is as it should be. Daly and Miguel Angel Jimenez should be the only two faces on the Mount Rushmore of Champions golf…maybe Rocco Mediate too.
You see, nobody gives a damn about some old guy grinding out a score (Bernhard Langer). This is because, in the back of every fan’s mind is this fact: If any of these geriatrics were still really good, they’d be playing on the PGA Tour.
Thus, the essence of the PGA Tour Champions product is entertainment in the form of bold personalities, not in the form of bold approach shots to tucked pins.
Adam Schupak’s item for the New York Times makes clear Daly’s royal status on the senior circuit.
“More people watch him load his car than watch me shoot 66.”
Four-time Champions winner, Paul Goydos.
Daly also made it clear that the widely reported putter toss from a couple of weeks ago was a “freak accident.” Long John said he’d merely hurled the flatstick over his head to his caddie. It hit the ground and bounced into the water.
“If I’m going to throw a putter, I’m going to throw it 60 yards into the lake and it’s going to be in two pieces.”
If you don’t think it’s a shame Daly didn’t do that, then you just don’t get it. Daly makes it clear he thinks he needs to shoot good scores to be good for the Champions Tour. This isn’t true. All he has to do is be John Daly. And the more John Daly he is, the better.
JD also offered this quintessential quote that effectively surmises who he is:
“I came into this world with nothing and I’m going to go out with nothing, and I’m going to have one helluva time in between.”