John Daly wins first professional tournament in 13 years, celebrates accordingly

John Daly tapped in on the final hole of the Insperity Invitational a winner. It was his first victory in 13 years–excluding Skins– and the celebration said it all; a Champagne moment for a man who nobody thought could win again.

“A win’s a win . . . Thanks to Insperity and all these wonderful people. And all these people behind me sticking to me,” Daly choked up. “It’s pretty cool.”

Daly bogeyed the final three holes, but that wasn’t enough to dislodge him from top place. Daly posted 68, 65, and 69 to finish one shot clear of Kenny Perry and Tommy Armour III. This was far from a weak field, with veteran heavyweights David Toms, Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, and Miguel Angel Jimenez offering some indication of Daly’s impressive achievement.

John Daly stops to kiss the ground where Arnold Palmer’s logo had been painted. Source : Champions Tour

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Long John has played in seven events this year, making the cut in all but one, finishing inside the top 25 four times. He has banked $420,000 for his trouble, with this latest win launching him up the Schwab Cup leaderboard.

Daly’s lat victory came at the 2004 Buick Invitational where he beat Luke Donald and Chris Riley in a playoff.

2004, the last time John Daly won on a major TOUR.

When Daly tapped in the winning putt, he pumped his fist. Moments later friends and colleagues including players Esteban Toledo and Michael Allen ran out to spray their pal with champagne. Daly closed his eyes, leaned back and soaked it all in. Daly, who has been married four times, was also joined by his fiancee, Anna Cladakis. He becomes the 12th member of the senior tour to record a win on all three PGA Tour circuits.

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