Daly posts best finish in almost a year with closing 65 at Greenbrier
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Daly posts best finish in almost a year with closing 65 at Greenbrier

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.”

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