In 1997 John Daly becomes first PGA Tour player to average more than 300 yards per drive over a full season.
Old Golf Ball of the Day, John Daly Style
In honor of Mr. “Grip it and Rip,” here a look at Daly’s PGA Tour career in golf balls.
Early John Daly signature golf balls from Wilson. Daly had an endorsement with Wilson until 1997.
This MaxFli model only has John’s image on the box and does not have his name on the ball.
The Lion “Gripping it and Ripping it!”
Here is an autographed John Daly signature golf ball, a Wilson model.
The Tour JD golf ball is all John Daly.
A box of John Daly Premium golf balls from the UK. Because we all know JD is loved worldwide.
This has John’s signature in black just to left of the Lion logo.
Nicknamed “The Lion” by friends in high school and more recently in 1999 christened “El Leon” by golf legend Chi Chi Rodriguez.
Quotes from the Champions Tour John Daly
“I beat a lot of odds. I never thought I’d get to the Champions Tour.”
“I’m a rookie again”
“You know, I got a whole new life ahead of me.”
“Sex is the greatest thing in the world. It just doesn’t last long enough. I’ll say it. It’s the greatest feeling in the world.”
“The dumbest thing I ever said is that I’d never drink again,”
“I hate getting haircuts,” he said. “It’s like going to the damn dentist, man.”
“I relate to the fans,” Daly says. “You know I’ve made them happy and I’ve pissed them off a lot, but they’ve been good to me all over the world.”
“I’ll never grow up…”
“It turns into a job when you’re playing bad.”
Good and Daly: Timeline of ups
1987: Scores first pro victory – Missouri Open.
Sept. 16, 1990: Wins Utah Classic (Ben Hogan Tour).
Dec. 3, 1990: Finishes T-12 at PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, earning his card.
Aug. 8-11, 1991: Gets into PGA Championship at Crooked Stick as ninth alternate when Nick Price WDs; wins, beating Bruce Lietzke by three shots.
Aug. 11, 1991: Donates $30,000 of his $230,000 PGA winnings to set up a college fund for two daughters of a spectator who was killed by lightning during tournament.
Dec. 11, 1991: Named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
Sept. 27, 1992: Wins B.C. Open.
April 11, 1993: Finishes T-3 in Masters, his only top-10 finish at Augusta.
June 1993: In U.S. Open, becomes first (and still only) player to reach 630-yard 17th hole at Baltusrol in two.
Oct. 17, 1993: Wins Alfred Dunhill Cup with Fred Couples and Payne Stewart.
May 9, 1994: Wins BellSouth Classic. Says it his first win sober.
July 1994: Claims that many PGA Tour players are cocaine users, and says that if drug testing were done properly on Tour, he would be “one of the cleanest guys out there.”
July 23, 1995: Wins Open Championship at St. Andrews in playoff with Costantino Rocca.
May 20, 1997: Signs four-year, $3 million contract with Callaway.
1997: Becomes first PGA Tour player to average more than 300 yards per drive over a full season.
Sept. 2, 2001: Wins BMW International Open (European Tour).
Nov. 26, 2002: Releases first studio album, “My Life,” on Scream Marketing label. Songs include “All My Ex’s Wear Rolexes.”
Feb. 16, 2004: Wins Buick Invitational in playoff with Luke Donald and Chris Riley.
Dec. 6, 2004: Named PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.
Oct. 9, 2005: In WGC-American Express Championship, misses short par putt on second extra hole to lose to Tiger Woods.
April 26, 2010: Releases second studio album, “I Only Know One Way,” on Long Ball Records.
Dec. 17, 2010: A judge awards custody of the couple’s 7-year-old son, John, to Daly.
Dec. 6, 2014: Wins Beko Classic in Turkey.
April 28, 2016: Turns 50 years old and readies for career on PGA Tour Champions.