US golfer John Daly stripped the first drive of the PGA championship on Thursday – logging a +2 round in an eventful eighteen fueled by cigarettes, diet coke and M&M’s.
The 56-year-old cult hero teed off at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and while he finished the round tied 56th, it was his on-course diet and visit to Hooters following the game that wowed fans.
The two-time major champion, who is fighting bladder cancer, smoked 21 cigarettes, drank 12 diet cokes and ate six packs of peanut M&Ms during the game.
He then took a trip to Hooters, one of his sponsors, before ending the night at slot machines at a Tulsa casino.
John Daly swings with iron in hand at the first round of the 2022 PGA championship. Although he finished tied 56th at +2, the golfer gained fans due to his on-course diet
The 56-year-old, who is fighting bladder cancer, smoked 21 cigarettes, drank 12 diet cokes and ate six packs of peanut M&Ms during Thursday’s game
After the round, Daly stopped by the Tulsa Hooters as part of his sponsorship
He ended the day with a night at the slot machines. Despite admitting to losing more than $55 million in 2014 due to gambling, the golfer appeared to be enjoying himself
JOHN DALY’S INSANE ON-COURSE DIET
Twelve diet cokes
Six packets of Peanut M&Ms
Zero ounces of water
CBS sports journalist Will Brinson tweeted his hawkeye findings of Daly’s diet, taking ‘meticulous notes every time he reached for his golf bag, took a bite or a sip or a puff’.
‘The final tally of literally everything he put into his body over a full 18 holes: 21 cigs, 12 Diet Cokes, 6 packs of Peanut M&M’s, 0.0 ounces of water,’ Brinson tweeted.
Unlike other competitors, Daly was also driving throughout the course with a smile on his face as the PGA allows him to use a cart under the American with Disabilities Act for his osteoarthritis.
After the round, his went to the local Hooters for a sponsor commitment, commenting on Instagram: ‘Happy to stop by and see my Tulsa @hooters family and grab me some wings on the fly!’
Daly was then spotted trying his luck at a slot machine at a Tulsa casino.
Although the golfer had admitted to losing more than $55 million as of 2014 due to a gambling addiction, it didn’t appear to stop him enjoying himself on Thursday night.
Unfortunately, the machines didn’t pay out.
‘The slots weren’t hitting,’ Daly told TMZ Sports.
The national icon, who is notorious for his beer drinking tales and late to tee time drama, has had a below par start to the PGA season, but it hasn’t stopped fans from praising his Thursday escapades.
A Twitter user with the handle Crackling Aces wrote: ‘Straight from the golf course to the casino with cigs, Diet Coke , and a wad of cash. Nobody better than John Daly.
Emerson Lotzia, Jr., another Twitter user, echoed the praise, tweeting: ‘John Daly rolling up the fairway in cart No. 69, chugging diet coke while rippin’ darts and stealing hearts around Southern Hills is poetry in motion.’
Another Twitter user with the handle Big Champ Man simply wrote: ‘In all honesty, John Daly might be my favorite professional athlete ever.’
Pickwise, the sports betting site, also showed love for Daly, tweeting, ‘Name an athlete you’d want to spend a weekend in Vegas with We’ll start: John Daly.’
Daly appeared content as he drove throughout the course in Tulsa as the PGA granted him a cart due to his osteoarthritis
Playing on the PGA Champions tour last week, Daly was disqualified at the Regions Tradition tournament for forgetting to sign his scorecard – an instant forfeiture in professional golf.
While Daly doesn’t parade the standard tour physique, he can afford the luxuries of cigarettes and chocolate, as he was approved to drive a cart around tour back in 2019 due to osteoarthritis in his right knee.
Known for his long tee shots, Daly has failed to make a PGA cut since 2012.
Things were looking good for Daly at 6:56am in the first grouping of the major tournament on Thursday, momentarily leading the pack after two birdies in his first five holes.
After 10 holes, Daly sat at -3, winding back the clock to his 1991 PGA championship win.
Daly exhales smoke from a cigarette at the 2010 Australian Open, played at the Lakes Golf Club in Sydney
Daly pictured with former world number one, Tiger Woods, at the 2005 Battle of the Bridges in California
His first three drives of the day all surpassed three-hundred yards, where he would walk back to his cart with a large McDonald’s soft drink in the cup holder and take off up the fairway – with his caddy having to follow behind on foot.
Daly’s career has been filled with victories to go with his crazy stories.
In 2004, Daly beat the then world number two, Tiger Woods, at the Target World Challenge after sinking three bottles of Crown Royal Whiskey the night before.
Daly tees off on Friday at 1.25pm American time for round two of the PGA championship.