• Age
    52
  • Turned Pro
    1987
  • Previous Opens
    23
  • Champion golfer of the year
    1995

John Daly

Daly
John Daly became Champion Golfer of the Year at St Andrews in 1995 by dramatically beating Costantino Rocca in a gripping play-off.

Qualification

John Daly has qualified to play Royal Portrush
Daly
  • 1992

    Open Debut

  • 2

    Major Victories

  • Has recorded two music albums

    Other Talents

John Daly wins The 124th Open beating Costantino Rocca in a play-off, 1995

John Daly triumphs at St Andrews

Watch: The big hitting American finally overcasme Costantino Rocca in a play-off after Rocca's legendary hole out from the valley of sin. Daly showed real poise during the extra holes to earn himself the title of Champion Golfer of the Year

John Daly wins the 124th open at st andrews

John Daly became Champion Golfer of the Year at St Andrews in 1995 by dramatically beating Costantino Rocca in a gripping play-off.

John Daly wins The 124th Open beating Costantino Rocca in a play-off, 1995

Before his Open triumph, Daly produced one of the most unforgettable and unexpected major performances of all time after receiving a late call-up to the 1991 PGA Championship. 

Originally ninth reserve, Daly was a PGA Tour rookie making his debut in the event but led from the second round onwards and finished three clear of Bruce Lietzke. 

Proving it was no fluke, the so-called "Wild Thing" was third in the Masters two years after and later the same season lifted the Alfred Dunhill Cup at St Andrews with Fred Couples and Payne Stewart. 

He was back at the Home of Golf for The Open in 1995 and after starting the final round four behind Michael Campbell, he beat Rocca in a play-off to become just the fourth post-war American (after Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Tom Watson) to capture two majors before the age of 30. 

He has won only once on the PGA Tour since then - at the 2004 Buick Invitational after a play-off with Luke Donald and Chris Riley - but that followed another success in Europe at the 2001 BMW International Open in Germany. 

He turned 50 in April 2016 and earned his first victory on the Champions Tour in May 2017 at the Insperity Invitational.

Qualification

John Daly has qualified to play Royal Portrush
Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Royal Birkdale 2017
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 2016
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2015
M/C
71
74
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 2014
M/C
77
71
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2012
T81
72
71
77
74
294
14
Royal St George's 2011
M/C
72
74
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2010
T48
66
76
74
73
289
1
Turnberry 2009
T27
68
72
72
72
284
-
Royal Birkdale 2008
M/C
80
89
-
-
-
M/C
Carnoustie 2007
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 2006
M/C
72
73
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2005
15
71
69
70
73
283
-
Royal Troon 2004
M/C
70
78
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 2003
72
75
74
74
80
303
-
Muirfield 2002
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2001
M/C
72
76
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2000
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 1998
M/C
73
78
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1996
67
70
73
69
77
289
-
St Andrews 1995
1
67
71
73
71
282
-
Turnberry 1994
81
68
72
72
80
292
-
Royal St George's 1993
14
71
66
70
71
278
-
Muirfield 1992
75
74
69
80
75
298
-

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