John Daly was taken to a Jackson, Miss., area hospital on Saturday after collapsing on the 18th hole of Deerfield Golf Club while playing in a local tournament.
The two-time major winner was having trouble coping with the 90-degree heat and had been having trouble breathing, as first reported by Yahoo Sports. Doctors treated Daly for a collapsed lung which, according to Daly’s agent Bud Martin, who told Golf Channel the injury is related to a 2007 rib injury, which affects Daly’s ability to breath comfortably. Daly suffered the injury during the first round of the 2007 Honda Classic, when, Daly says, he was hurt when a female fan jumped in front of him to take his picture as he was teeing off at the 12th hole at PGA National. The two-time major winner has a long-standing suit against the PGA Tour alleging negligence.
“He was struggling pretty badly right before he collapsed,” said Deerfield head pro Leigh Brannan, according to the Associated Press. “But we’re all hoping it’s nothing serious and that he was just a little dehydrated.”
However, Daly’s spirits were good and he was hoping to finish the event.
Brannan said, “He was even telling [friend Billy Allen] he still wants to play [Sunday].”