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PGA Championship: John Daly’s presence delights golf fans, a memory goes viral


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John Daly will likely miss the PGA Championship cut, but that doesn’t mean he’s not having fun in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the first two rounds of the major.

On Thursday, Daly was the tournament leader for a brief moment after birdieing the first and fifth holes to start the event. It was enough for golf fans to encourage him throughout the event. He finished the first round shooting a 72 – just wide of the lead.

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John Daly of the United States drives his cart to the 17th hole during the second round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 20, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Daly had three birdies and five bogeys that day.

Between rounds one and two, Daly was spotted enjoying all that the surrounding area has to offer.

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According to TMZ Sports, Daly dined at a local Hooters restaurant and hit a casino. He spotted with a pack of cigarettes and a Diet Coke while playing slot machines.

PGA Championship: John Daly’s presence delights golf fans, a memory goes viral

John Daly of the United States plays his second shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 19, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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He told TMZ, however, that he was unlucky.

“Slot machines weren’t hitting,” he said.

In round two of the PGA Championship, Daly shot a 76, finishing 6 over par for the round. When he finished, he was below the cut line, and it looked like his weekend was going to end before it really started.

He was 8 over par for the tournament after the second round.

As Daly went through his first lap, a story about him went viral on social media. CBS Sports NFL writer Will Brinson recalled a time when he covered Daly for the 2008 Wyndham Championship.

PGA Championship: John Daly’s presence delights golf fans, a memory goes viral

John Daly of the United States watches from the first tee during the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 19, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Brinson tweeted that he had never seen Daly put on an ounce of water in a practice round before the tournament.

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