It would be unfair to say John Daly is back. He never left ... that parking lot in Augusta, Ga.
It is reasonable, however, to say Daly is enjoying a minor, limited renaissance on the PGA Tour this season. Daly shot 5-under 65 in the final round of The Greenbrier Classic to finish T-12 - his best finish since a T-9 effort in last year's RBC Canadian Open.
“The game’s coming around. It was nice to have a good Sunday,” Daly said. “Ever since I changed my putting grip to a regular, normal grip, I’ve been putting so much better. And I’ve been hitting the ball pretty good all year. I’m very pleased. It’s a good confidence booster.”
Daly's 65, including eight birdies, was his lowest round on the PGA Tour since the 2010 Wyndham Championship. The T-12 finish is his second consecutive top-20 start and the fifth time he has cashed in five appearances this year.
Taking advantage of a sponsor's exemption this week, Daly earned $119,560. That brings his season tally to $236,956. He'll look to improve from No. 158 on the money list next week at the John Deere Classic. Then there's the British Open, where he won in 1995.
The 46-year-old wants to get back on the PGA Tour full-time.
“The goal is to try to get my U.S. card back,” he said. “I’m enjoying playing the European Tour, but it’s killing my body on the travel. But I love the guys; they’re great. I love that tour; it’s a great tour. It’s just that the travel is tough. But if I’ve got to keep doing it, I’ll keep doing it.”